|John the Baptizer was the forerunner of Jesus the Messiah, preaching
a gospel of repentance and preparing the way of the Lord.
John called people to
repent and baptized them
in the Jordan River.
John was born to
an elderly couple - Zechariah a priest and Elizabeth
his wife, a kinswoman of Mary the mother of
Jesus. He later lived in the wilderness of Judea.
He wore camel's hair and a leather girdle, which was similar to the garb
worn by Elijah. John baptized many with water,
pointing to Jesus the Messiah as the one who would baptize with fire.
When Herod Antipas married his sister-in-law Herodias,
John condemned the action. Herod arrested John. While in prison,
John sent messengers to ascertain Jesus' identity and was told of Jesus'
miracles. Later Herod beheaded John.
Mark 1:1-8 - John's
- John baptizes Jesus
- John asks about Jesus' identity
- John's death