Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 163
Context: Jesus, beginning His ministry in His native province of Galilee, preaches in the towns around the Sea of Galilee, delivers the Sermon on the Mount, performs miraculous acts of healing, and commissions twelve disciples, warning them that they will be persecuted for professing His name. In his prison cell, John the Baptist hears of the passionate young religious leader in Galilee and sends his disciples to ask if this is the Messiah. Jesus answers the query of John' followers by telling them to judge for themselve by His deeds. He notes that neither the asceticism of John the Baptist nor His own ministry, characterized by associating with all the people has gained the approbation of the people:
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.