He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus is faced with the disciples of John. And whether it is them themselves, or John himself, that requires to know if He is the One who is Coming, or if they are to look for another…Jesus lays it all out for them, to use a quaint old ‘southernism,’ like cold supper. There would be no doubt that they would know the Law, that they would know the Prophets. So Jesus says…hear and see.
And sometimes, we hear with our ears and sometimes we ‘hear’ with our eyes. So when Jesus says “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” it picks up both of those.
There are points in time when our ears don’t hear well. There are points in time when we deflect ourselves and distract ourselves. There are points in time when we have other things going on that make us unable to hear what is said.
And sometimes what we hear is too good to be true.
So Jesus sets a table for us in the presence of our enemies, in the midst of the City of Man. Just as he says ‘If you are willing to receive it, john is Elijah who is coming right before me,’ He says ‘If you are willing to receive it, I am the one who died for your sins,’ following down that path of Redemptive history. And maybe if you won’t hear it, you can see it.
Paul writes this…
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
You proclaim, brothers and sisters in Christ, that you, the least in the Kingdom of the Heavens, are greater than the prophet John the Baptist, because you point to Christ, who has taken away your sins.