Matthew 11



Matthew 11 highlights Jesus' interactions with John the Baptist, his critique of unrepentant cities, and his invitation to find rest in him. The chapter emphasizes the importance of recognizing and responding to the message of the Messiah and contrasts the rejection of some with the invitation to rest in the arms of Jesus for those who come to him in humility and faith.


  1. John the Baptist's Inquiry (Matthew 11:1-6): While John the Baptist is in prison, he sends his disciples to inquire whether Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus responds by pointing to the evidence of his healing miracles and instructs John's disciples to report back to John.
  2. Jesus' Testimony about John (Matthew 11:7-19): Jesus speaks to the crowd about John the Baptist, affirming his importance as a prophet and the messenger preparing the way for the Messiah. Jesus criticizes the people for their fickle response to both John and himself.
  3. Woes on Unrepentant Cities (Matthew 11:20-24): Jesus condemns the cities where he performed many miracles, including Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, for their lack of repentance. He declares that these cities will face severe judgment.
  4. Jesus' Prayer and Invitation (Matthew 11:25-30): Jesus praises the Father for revealing truths to the humble and simple while hiding them from the wise and learned. He then extends an invitation to those who are weary and burdened, promising rest to those who come to him. Jesus describes his yoke as easy and his burden as light.