“As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?”
There are not many like John today, who was bold in his confrontation of sin and unwavering in his message. A reed shaken by the wind was descriptive of a man who was shaky in his convictions and easily swayed by public opinion or popularity, Jesus was reminding the multitude before Him that this was not characteristic of John. He was praised by the Savior for the work he faithfully carried out. “But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses” (Matt. 11:8).
Unlike the false prophets that were bought with comfort and pleasures found in king’s courtrooms, John was unmoved by worldly pleasures. John was the opposite of what you may find in the pulpits today. In the words of Jehoshaphat, “Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?” (I Kings 22:7).
How few there are today that preach truth and righteousness, repentance and submission to God! How rare today is the pure, unadulterated word of God! There are many like the false prophets who spoke only what king Ahab desired to hear (I Kings 22:6), but there are few today who speak truth and righteousness as the prophet Micaiah did. We are nearing the end of the age, the return of Christ is at the door, and truth is condemned and criminalized. Will you remain firm and unwavering?