“Right now there are thousands of people who are desperate for the Kingdom of Heaven. It is almost like they are at war, trying to storm the gates to get inside. John is the one who began this with his message of repentance. He is the one spoken of by the prophet Malachi when he declared, ‘Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.’ The prophet Elijah preached the same message as John, but it was not yet the appointed time for Me to come. Now, when the people came and listened to John, those who believed his message were baptized, to show their readiness to open their hearts to Me and turn away from their sinful lives, even tax collectors! But those who did not come to listen with open hearts and minds did not believe what they heard and were not baptized. They are the ones who have the most to fear, because they live in denial of the sinfulness of their lives. These are the people who believe that they are righteous in their own right and do not need Me to save them from their sins – Pharisees and Sadducees. Whoever will listen with understanding to my words, please do! For they are of utmost importance if you wish to live in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 11:12-15, Luke 7:29-30, Malachi 4:5-6