“Citizen Least – Preparer, More Than a Prophet, & No One Greater ”

Matt. 11:7  ¶ As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 

Matt. 11:8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 

Matt. 11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 

Matt. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 

Matt. 11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

As Matthew makes a transition from the citizens to whom the Kingdom just belongs to who is greatest and least, we find the only citizen among the least named by name.  He was the greatest man of the kingdom of this world, but the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.  What matter of Kingdom must this be when our best is its least?