As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
“Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence,
Because you went up to your father’s bed;
Then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.
Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;
The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?” And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.’”
And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?”
He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time?