Q: #524. Who was John the Baptist?

By: Steve Shirley

    A: Following is most of what we know about John the Baptist from the Bible:

(Jn 1:7) says this of John: "The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe" (also see: Jn 1:15,19).

(Lk 16:16) also tells us this, "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it."

Only in the book of Luke do we learn anything about the the early life of John.

(Isa 40:3-5) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (4) Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: (5) And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

(Mal 3:1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

See: (Lk 3:4-6)(Mt 3:3)(Mk 1:2-3)(Jn 1:23) = Isaiah and (Mt 11:10)(Lk 7:27) = Malachi for proof that these were speaking of John.

***Note: After John the Baptist was killed, some believed that Jesus was John the Baptist reincarnated (Mt 16:13-14)(Mk 6:14,16)(Mk 8:27-28)(Lk 9:7-9,18-19).

***Note: (Mt 14:12)(Mk 6:29) tell us that the disciples of John came and took away the body of John and buried it (Mark says "in a tomb"). Since the head was given to Herodias (Mt 14:11)(Mk 6:28), it is believed by many that his head may not have been buried with his body. Tradition says that the body was buried in one place, and his head in another.

***Note: Many think the unknown disciple may have been John. "The tenth hour" (Jn 1:39) gives the appearance the writer had firsthand knowledge.

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