Who Is John the Baptist?
God sent His Son Jesus as the One who “will save His people from their sins”(Matthew 1:21). To take upon the sins of mankind, the Creator of the universe Himself incarnated through the Virgin Mary and came to this earth as the Lamb of Sacrifice. Jesus’ ministries began with His baptism. When Jesus turned 30, He was baptized by John the Baptist.
Who is John the Baptist? Jesus Himself testified that John is the representative of all mankind. Matthew 11:11-13 states, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” Jesus said that among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist. The one, who was greater than all the prophets of this earth such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Habakkuk, and greater than even Moses of the Old Testament, was none other than John the Baptist, the representative of all mankind.
In the Old Testament, the chosen ones of the male descendants of Aaron were anointed as the High Priests. Like the High Priests who passed the sins of the people of Israel onto the goats by laying their hands on its head as the representative of the Israelites, to blot out all the sins of mankind God had to raise John the Baptist as the representative of all mankind and have him pass the sins of the world. God sent John the Baptist to this earth as the last prophet. And the last High Priest was none other than John the Baptist.
As God made sure to pass the sins of all the people of this world only through the descendants of Aaron, He chose a descendant of Aaron as promised—that is, John the Baptist, the greatest of all those born of women—and sent him to this world six months earlier than Jesus to turn many people to “the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
In this way, God raised John the Baptist as the representative of mankind, and through him God passed our sins onto Jesus. John the Baptist came before Jesus as a witness, and from the Word we must find out how he bore witness.
As Aaron passed the sins of the people of Israel to the goat on the Day of Atonement, John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ and thereby passed all the sins of mankind onto Him. It testifies to us how all our sins have been blotted out.
The Baptism of Jesus and The Remission of Sins
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’”
Who Is John the Baptist?
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