After John's messengers had left, Jesus began to speak about him to the crowds: "What was the spectacle that drew you to the wilderness?" A reed-bed swept by the wind? No? Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed in silks and satins? Surely you must look in palaces for grand clothes and luxury.
"But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes indeed, and far more than a prophet. He is the man of whom Scripture says,
'Here is my herald, whom I send on ahead of you,
and he will prepare your way before you.'
"I tell you, there is not a mother's son greater than John, and yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."