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

A little meditation...

In my readings today, I found the following:

The greatness of Elijah is that he "turned back the hearts of fathers toward their sons." Original sin attempts to abolish fatherhood... placing in doubt the truth about God who is Love and leaving man with only a sense of master-slave relationship" (Pope John Paul II). John the Baptist, the new Elijah, removed our doubt and began to "restore all things" by turning our hearts back to the Father.

A reading from the book of Sirach 48:1-4,9-11:

"In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits. By the Lord's word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours? You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses. You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord. To turn back the hearts of fathers towards their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who fall asleep in your friendship".

Just a little something to ponder on...

Yours in Christ,

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess