John the Baptist
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Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was John the Baptist?
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According to the New Testament John was a preacher who baptized his
followers in the waters of the Jordan River. John was chosen by God
to be the messenger of Jesus' birth. His mission was to prepare the
people for the teachings of Jesus. John was son of
Elisabeth, the prophet who baptised Jesus.
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The "forerunner of our Lord." We have but fragmentary and imperfect
accounts of him in the Gospels. He was of priestly descent. His
father, Zacharias, was a priest of the course of Abia (1 Chronicles
24:10), and his mother, Elisabeth, was of the daughters of Aaron
mission of John was the subject of prophecy (Matthew 3:3; Isaiah
40:3; Malachi 3:1). His birth, which took place six months before
that of Jesus, was foretold by an angel. Zacharias, deprived of the
power of speech as a token of God's truth and a reproof of his own
incredulity with reference to the birth of his son, had the power of
speech restored to him on the occasion of his circumcision (Luke
1:64). After this no more is recorded of him for thirty years than
what is mentioned in Luke 1:80. John was a Nazarite from his birth
(Luke 1:15; Numbers 6:1-12). He spent his early years in the
mountainous tract of Judah lying between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
At length he came forth into public life, and great multitudes from
"every quarter" were attracted to him. The sum of his preaching was
the necessity of repentance. He denounced the Sadducees and
Pharisees as a "generation of vipers," and warned them of the folly
of trusting to external privileges (Luke 3:8). "As a preacher, John
was eminently practical and discriminating. Self-love and
covetousness were the prevalent sins of the people at large. On
them, therefore, he enjoined charity and consideration for others.
The publicans he cautioned against extortion, the soldiers against
crime and plunder." His doctrine and manner of life roused the
entire south of Palestine, and the people from all parts flocked to
the place where he was, on the banks of the Jordan. There he
baptized thousands unto repentance.
The fame of John reached the ears of Jesus in Nazareth (Matthew
3:5), and he came from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized of John, on
the special ground that it became him to "fulfil all righteousness"
(3:15). John's special office ceased with the baptism of Jesus, who
must now "increase" as the King come to his kingdom. He continued,
however, for a while to bear testimony to the Messiahship of Jesus.
He pointed him out to his disciples, saying, "Behold the Lamb of
God." His public ministry was suddenly (after about six months
probably) brought to a close by his being cast into prison by Herod,
whom he had reproved for the sin of having taken to himself the wife
of his brother Philip (Luke 3:19). He was shut up in the castle of
Machaerus (q.v.), a fortress on the southern extremity of Peraea, 9
miles east of the Dead Sea, and here he was beheaded. His disciples,
having consigned the headless body to the grave, went and told Jesus
all that had occurred (Matthew 14:3-12). John's death occurred
apparently just before the third Passover of our Lord's ministry.
Our Lord himself testified regarding him that he was a "burning and
a shining light" (John 5:35).
John the Baptist
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Matthew George Easton "Easton's Bible Dictionary" and Ashley S Johnson "Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia".
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