Elijah Must Come

Matthew 11:10-15  This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’  (11)  Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  (12)  From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.  (13)  For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,  (14)  and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.  (15)  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 17:10-13  And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?”  (11)  He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things.  (12)  But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.”  (13)  Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Mark 9:11-13  And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?”  (12)  And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?  (13)  But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”