When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,…
The first turning point in His official life.
I. MOTIVES. The Pharisees began to watch Him with hostile eyes; the Baptist is imprisoned.
II. CHARACTER. Free consciousness. He retreats —
1. In free discretion, without fear.
2. In holy discretion, "the Lord knew."
III. RICH RESULTS. Beneficent sojourn in Samaria.
1. He ceases to baptize.
2. He tarries in Samaria on His return.
Parallel VersesKJV: When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,