The way Jesus dealt with John's unbelief is a great insight into just how powerful God's Word is. Jesus said all kinds of complimentary things about John after his messengers had departed. All He gave to John was the Word. Today's "touchy-feely" climate puts feelings and emotions ahead of everything else. Jesus respected John so much that He didn't minister to him on an emotional level, but gave him the seed of the kingdom -- God's Word.