The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 11:9
But what went ye out for to see?
&c.] Since it was not any
thing so mean as a shaking reed, or so grand as a man in gay
clothing, pray what was it you went out to see?
This was the truth of the matter, they expected to see a
prophet, and they believed he was one; this was the common voice of
the people; all held John to be a prophet. This made Herod afraid to
put him to death, and the Pharisees to speak against his baptism:
now, though this was giving him a great character, to believe and
own him to be a prophet, yet it did not come up to his full
Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet;
when they saw him,
they saw not only a prophet, but one that was greater, and more
excellent than any of the prophets that went before him: they
prophesied of the Messiah at a distance, and in words not so clear,
and easy to be understood; they spoke of him as to come, but he
pointed him out with his finger, and declared that he was come; he
saw him himself, and showed him to others; he saw the Spirit of God
descending on him, and he himself baptized him; his office, as the
harbinger of Christ, and the administrator of the ordinance of
baptism to him, gave him a preference to all the prophets; and was
such an one, as never any man was vested with but himself.