John the Baptist

John the Baptist is a key figure in the Bible who prepared the way for Jesus Christ. His story, full of faith and boldness, is especially told in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. John’s life and message help us understand the importance of getting ready for Jesus.

Birth of John the Baptist

Bible Verse: Luke 1:13-14

“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.'”

John the Baptist was born to Elizabeth and Zechariah, who were both very old and had no children. His birth was announced by an angel, and he was destined for an important role in God’s plan.

John’s Unique Lifestyle

Bible Verse: Matthew 3:4

“John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.”

John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, had a very simple life, and dressed in clothes made of camel’s hair. He ate locusts and wild honey, showing his commitment to a life focused on God, not on worldly comforts.

John’s Message and Baptism

Bible Verse: Matthew 3:1-2

“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'”

John preached about the need for people to repent, which means to turn away from their sins and turn to God. He baptized people in the Jordan River as a sign of their decision to change their lives and prepare for the coming of Jesus.

Baptizing Jesus

Bible Verse: Matthew 3:13-14

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?'”

One of the most significant acts of John’s ministry was baptizing Jesus. At first, John felt unworthy to baptize Jesus, but Jesus insisted on fulfilling all righteousness.

John’s Role in Pointing to Jesus

Bible Verse: John 1:29

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'”

John recognized Jesus as the Son of God and pointed others to Him. He called Jesus the ‘Lamb of God,’ showing that Jesus was the one who would take away the sins of the world.

Mary and Joseph

Jesus being tempted