and if you are willing to believe their message, John is Elijah, whose coming was predicted. 1
References for Matthew 11:14
11.14 Ml 4.5; Mt 17.10-13; Mk 9.11-13.
Listen, then, if you have ears!
"Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other,
"We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!'
When John came, he fasted and drank no wine, and everyone said, "He has a demon in him!'
When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, "Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!' God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results."
The people in the towns where Jesus had performed most of his miracles did not turn from their sins, so he reproached those towns.
"How terrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How terrible for you too, Bethsaida! If the miracles which were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have long ago put on sackcloth and sprinkled ashes on themselves, to show that they had turned from their sins! 2
References for Matthew 11:21
11.21 Is 23.1-18; Ez 26.1--28.26; Jl 3.4-8; Am 1.9, 10; Zec 9.2-4.
I assure you that on the Judgment Day God will show more mercy to the people of Tyre and Sidon than to you!
And as for you, Capernaum! Did you want to lift yourself up to heaven? You will be thrown down to hell! If the miracles which were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would still be in existence today! 3
References for Matthew 11:23
11.23 a Is 14.13-15; b Gn 19.24-28.
You can be sure that on the Judgment Day God will show more mercy to Sodom than to you!" 4
References for Matthew 11:24
11.24 Mt 10.15; Lk 10.12.