Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: What did you go out in the wilderness (desert) to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
What did you go out to see then? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in the houses of kings.
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one [ out of the common, more eminent, more remarkable, and] superior to a prophet.
This is the one of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who shall make ready Your way before You.
Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.