“John the Baptist, What Kind of Guy Was He?”
I have often thought of how I would have related to John the Baptist? Would I have made fun of him? Would I have thought he was a hippy from the ’60s?
Yes, John the Baptist seemed different to the people.
Please read the following verses to learn more about him. Matthew Chap. 3.
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert,’ Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'”
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. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.”
It seems pretty clear, that even if the people thought John to be odd, they were mesmerized by him. They went out to the Jordan River. They heard John say repent and be baptized and many were.
Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior was baptized by John the Baptist, not because He needed to be. He gave us an example that we should be baptized if we can be. Jesus was also going through a cleansing process to be a priest forever in the line of Melchisedec. If you have questions about that, you may ask. It is more than I can say in this setting.
What kind of man was John the Baptist. He was a man who did what the Lord wanted Him to do and stepped back when the Lord was finished using him.
What kind of guy was John the Baptist? He gave His life for standing on the principles of God’s Word.
What kind of fellow was John the Baptist? I think I would have liked him and listened to him. He had a way with words and he was persuasive in using those words.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;