- Dec 26, 2015
Did Jesus say John the Baptist was the least in the Kingdom?I like to use an index card as a book marker when reading the Gospels. I have the card marked on both sides. One side has a cross while the other side has a triangle. I have one side (triangle showing) as I read pre-crucifixion then flip the card (cross showing) post crucifixion. God set up the Temple administration of His kingdom. Jesus was a Jew under this administration. He deferred to it Himself after healing someone and sending them to the Temple. Man defiled this administration through violence/corruption. Jesus said so Himself in Matthew 11:12. That's why He said John was the least in the kingdom. Not because he was least in Christ's administration, but because John was least in the Temple administration. John rejected the Temple crowd and they rejected him. The veil was torn after the crucifixion marking the end of the Temple administration of the kingdom and marking the beginning of the Christ administered kingdom. John now takes his rightful place as the greatest prophet seated near Christ in His kingdom.
I don't see that.
11“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Isn't Jesus saying that John the Baptist was the greatest prophet/man ever born?
Jesus is saying that in the Kingdom the one that is the least will still be greater than John.
Meaning that Everyone in the Kingdom will be very great.
In your last sentence you say John is the greatest....I don't understand the difference as you stated it.
I agree that the curtain was torn at Jesus' death to allow everyone into the inner temple, the Holy of Holies, and
it was no longer only for the High Priest to enter into.
I agree that Jesus came here to set up the Kingdom of God here on earth.