Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



He will go before him with the spirit and the power of Elijah, to reconcile fathers to their children, and to bring the disobedient back to the wisdom of upright men, to make a people perfectly ready for the Lord."


They said, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

The disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?" He answered, "Elijah does come and is to reform everything, but I tell you, Elijah has come already, and they would not recognize him, but treated him just as they pleased. It is in just that way that the Son of Man is going to be treated by them!"

He said to them, "Elijah does come first, and reforms everything, and does not the Scripture say of the Son of Man that he will suffer much and be refused? Why, I tell you, not only has Elijah come, but people have treated him just as they pleased, as the Scripture says about him."



Now when John heard in prison of what the Christ was doing, he sent by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we look for someone else?" Jesus answered, "Go and report to John what you hear and see. read more.
The blind are regaining their sight and the lame can walk, the lepers are being cured and the deaf can hear, the dead are being raised and good news is being preached to the poor. And blessed is the man who finds nothing that repels him in me." But as they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. "What was it that you went out into the desert to look at? A reed swaying in the wind? Then what did you go out there to see? A man luxuriously dressed? Men who dress in that way you find in the palaces of kings. Then why did you go out there? Was it to see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet! This is the man of whom the Scripture says, " 'Here I send my messenger on before you; He will prepare the road ahead of you.' "I tell you, among men born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has ever appeared. And yet those who are of little importance in the Kingdom of Heaven are greater than he. But from the time of John the Baptist until now men have been taking the Kingdom of Heaven by storm and impetuously crowding into it. For up to the time of John all the Prophets and the Law itself prophesied about it, and, if you are ready to accept the idea, he is himself Elijah who was to come. Let him who has ears listen! But to what can I compare this present age? It is like children sitting about in the bazaars and calling out to their playmates, " 'We have played the flute for you, and you would not dance! We have wailed and you would not beat your breasts!' For when John came, he neither ate nor drank, and people said, 'He has a demon!' Now that the Son of Man has come, he does eat and drink, and people say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drinker, the companion of tax-collectors and irreligious people!' And yet Wisdom is vindicated by her actions!"

John's disciples told him of all this, and he called two of them to him, and sent them to the Master to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we look for someone else?" And the men went to him and said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we look for someone else?' " read more.
Just then he cured many of diseases and ailments and evil spirits, and he gave sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard. The blind are regaining their sight, the lame can walk, the lepers are being cured and the deaf can hear, the dead are being raised and good news is being preached to the poor. And blessed is the man who finds nothing that repels him in me." When John's messengers were gone, he began to speak to the crowds about John. "What was it that you went out into the desert to look at? A reed swaying in the wind? Then what did you go out there to see? A man luxuriously dressed? Men who wear fine clothes and live in luxury you find in palaces. Then what did you go out there to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet! This is the man of whom the Scripture says, " 'Here I send my messenger on before you, He will prepare the road ahead of you!' "I tell you, among men born of women there is none greater than John; and yet those who are of little importance in the Kingdom of God are greater than he. And all the people, even the tax-collectors, when they heard him, acknowledged the justice of God's demands, by accepting baptism from John, but the Pharisees and experts in the Law thwarted God's purpose for themselves, by refusing to be baptized by him. So what is there to which I can compare the men of this age? What are they like? They are like children sitting about in the bazaar and calling out to one another, " 'We have played the flute for you, and you would not dance! We have wailed and you would not weep!' "For when John the Baptist came, he did not eat any bread or drink any wine, and you said, 'He has a demon!' Now that the Son of Man has come, he does eat and drink, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drinker, the companion of tax-collectors and irreligious people!' So wisdom is vindicated by all who are really wise."


But as they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. "What was it that you went out into the desert to look at? A reed swaying in the wind? Then what did you go out there to see? A man luxuriously dressed? Men who dress in that way you find in the palaces of kings. Then why did you go out there? Was it to see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet! read more.
This is the man of whom the Scripture says, " 'Here I send my messenger on before you; He will prepare the road ahead of you.' "I tell you, among men born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has ever appeared. And yet those who are of little importance in the Kingdom of Heaven are greater than he. But from the time of John the Baptist until now men have been taking the Kingdom of Heaven by storm and impetuously crowding into it. For up to the time of John all the Prophets and the Law itself prophesied about it, and, if you are ready to accept the idea, he is himself Elijah who was to come. Let him who has ears listen! But to what can I compare this present age? It is like children sitting about in the bazaars and calling out to their playmates, " 'We have played the flute for you, and you would not dance! We have wailed and you would not beat your breasts!' For when John came, he neither ate nor drank, and people said, 'He has a demon!' Now that the Son of Man has come, he does eat and drink, and people say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drinker, the companion of tax-collectors and irreligious people!' And yet Wisdom is vindicated by her actions!"

When John's messengers were gone, he began to speak to the crowds about John. "What was it that you went out into the desert to look at? A reed swaying in the wind? Then what did you go out there to see? A man luxuriously dressed? Men who wear fine clothes and live in luxury you find in palaces. Then what did you go out there to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet! read more.
This is the man of whom the Scripture says, " 'Here I send my messenger on before you, He will prepare the road ahead of you!' "I tell you, among men born of women there is none greater than John; and yet those who are of little importance in the Kingdom of God are greater than he. And all the people, even the tax-collectors, when they heard him, acknowledged the justice of God's demands, by accepting baptism from John, but the Pharisees and experts in the Law thwarted God's purpose for themselves, by refusing to be baptized by him. So what is there to which I can compare the men of this age? What are they like? They are like children sitting about in the bazaar and calling out to one another, " 'We have played the flute for you, and you would not dance! We have wailed and you would not weep!' "For when John the Baptist came, he did not eat any bread or drink any wine, and you said, 'He has a demon!'