As John's1 disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert2 to see? A reed swayed by the wind?8If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.9Then what did you go out to see? A prophet?3 Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.10This is the one about whom it is written: " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you,4 who will prepare your way before you.'a511I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.