Who Was John The Baptist?

Clay's picture

Malachi 4:5&6

"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."

John 1:21
"And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No."

Matthew 11:11&14
" Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist....

And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come."

I don't know what to make of all this. The prophet Malachi said that Elijah, who never died, would be sent to prepare the way for the Lord. John, when questioned, said that he was not Elijah. Jesus, however, said that if you could accept it....that He was indeed Elijah.

Who was John The Baptist???? Does anyone have some insight on this?


Maria Smith's picture

Hellooooo Clay!

Glad you see you are back! Really wanted to just say hello but now that I am here - will make my answer short and sweet.

John the Baptist was the greatest man that was ever born as spoken by Jesus. He was Jesus' cousin and herald and the first martyr (even though that is said of Stephen)

He is our conscience every Advent, telling us to make straight our paths, telling us to get ready for the Lord's coming... we hear it mostly during advent, although it should be heard each and every day.

He showed us humility by the way he lived and by knowing he had to become smaller so that Christ could increase and accomplish His mission. He taught us to live moral lives. He baptised and gave people the opportunity to truly repent and change their lives.

He was many things and gave us so much, truly making him a great man, indeed.

Yours in Christ,

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess