Thomas Watson – The Christian Soldier

John the Baptist, hearing in prison of the fame of Christ, sends two of his disciples to Him with this question, Are You He who should come, or do we look for another? verse 3. Not that John Baptist knew not that Jesus Christ was the true Messiah, for he was confirmed in this both by the Spirit of God and by a sign from heaven (John 1:33). But John the Baptist hereby endeavored to correct the ignorance of his own disciples who had a greater respect for him, than for Christ.

In the fourth verse Christ answers their question, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” Jesus Christ demonstrates Himself to be the true Messiah by His miracles which were real and visible proofs of His divinity. John’s disciples being departed, Christ falls into a high praise and commendation of John the Baptist, Verse 7. “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?” As if Christ had said, John the Baptist was no inconstant man, fluctuating in his mind and being shaken as a reed from one opinion to another; he was no Reuben, unstable as water—but was fixed and resolute in piety, and a prison could make no alteration in him.

Verse 8. “If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes?” John did not indulge his senses; he wore not silks—but camel’s hair; nor did he desire to live at court—but in a wilderness, Matt. iii. 3,4.

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