And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples…
I. THE INQUIRY MADE BY THE BAPTIST. It was suggested by the incredulous state of his disciples.
(1) Because if Jesus was Messiah He had not exerted His power for the deliverance of John from prison;
(2) Because they observed that our Saviour had as yet made no public claim to the title; and(3) Because the manner of our Saviour's life and conversation had less appearance of sanctity than the life of their master.
II. THE REPLY MADE BY THE SAVIOUR.
1. AS to the manner of it. It is not direct and positive, but enables them to answer their question themselves.
2. As to the matter of it. Three things deserve to be weighed by us.
(a) The remarkable gradation and rise there is in the particulars there mentioned;
(b) The appositeness of it in relation to the inquirers;
(c) The general force and evidence of the argument contained in it.
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
WEB: It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.