|John preaches REPENT!|
"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." Malachi 3:1
|John and Jesus as children by Bartoleme Murillo|
|Baptism of Christ by Guido Reni|
|Beheading of John the Baptist|
|Head of St. John the Baptist given as a gift to a dancing girl|
|Exceptional portrayal of John the Baptist by Michael York in Jesus of Nazareth|
Written: Between 701-681 BC
In Isaiah 40:3, the prophet writes about a person in the desert who prepares the way for the Lord. This prophecy foreshadowed the life of John the Baptist, who played an important role in preparing the groundwork for the ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus was born shortly after John the Baptist about 2000 years ago. The book of Matthew records many events of the life of Jesus and of John the Baptist. In Matthew 3:1-2, it says: "In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
|St. John the Baptist by Titian|
|Icon of St. John the Baptist by Rublev-Andrei|
|The Head of John the Baptist in Rome|
|St. John the Baptist's tomb in coptic monastery Lower Egypt Bones found there|
St. John Recognized in World Religions
Early Jewish Christian sects
Eastern Orthodox Church
|Icon of the Baptist "The Angel of the Desert"|
- September 23 — Conception of St. John the Forerunner
- January 7 — The Synaxis of St. John the Forerunner. This is his main feast day, immediately after Theophany on January 6 (January 7 also commemorates the transfer of the relic of the right hand of John the Baptist from Antioch to Constantinople in 956)
- February 24 — First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner
- May 25 — Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Forerunner
- June 24 — Nativity of St. John the Forerunner
- August 29 — The Beheading of St. John the Forerunner
- June 24 – Nativity of St. John the Baptist
- August 29 – Beheading of St. John the Baptist
|St. Catherine of Siena|
...humiliation of yourself, and you answered the Devil with these words: 'Wretch that I am! John the Baptist never sinned and was sanctified in his mother's womb. And I have committed so many sins...—Catherine of Siena, , A Treatise of Prayer, 1370.
|Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich|
... He sees, he knows, he speaks only Jesus…. In the desert, blameless and pure as a babe in the mother's womb, he comes forth from his solitude innocent and spotless as a child at the mother's breast. 'He is pure as an angel,' I heard the Lord (Jesus Christ) say to the Apostles. 'Never has impurity entered into his mouth, still less has an untruth or any other sin issued from it...
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
|Joan de Joanes c. 1560|
John in the Qur'an
Matthias Grunewald 1480-1528(His prayer was answered): "O Zakariya! We give thee good news of a son: His name shall be Yahya: on none by that name have We conferred distinction before."
He said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son, when my wife is barren and I have grown quite decrepit from old age?"
He said: "So (it will be) thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: I did indeed create thee before, when thou hadst been nothing!'"
(Zakariya) said: "O my Lord! give me a Sign." "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three nights."—Qur'an, sura 19 (Maryam), verse 7
(To Zachariah's son came the command): "O John! take hold of the Book with might": and We gave him Wisdom even as a youth,—Qur'an, sura 19 (Maryam), ayah 12
And piety (for all creatures) as from Us, and purity: He was devout,
And kind to his parents, and he was not overbearing or rebellious.
So Peace on him the day he was born, the day that he dies, and the day that he will be raised up to life (again)!—Qur'an, sura 19 (Maryam), ayah 13-15
"O followers of the Son! We have once again sent John unto you, and He, verily, hath cried out in the wilderness of the Bayán: O peoples of the world! Cleanse your eyes! The Day whereon ye can behold the Promised One and attain unto Him hath drawn nigh! O followers of the Gospel! Prepare the way! The Day of the advent of the Glorious Lord is at hand! Make ready to enter the Kingdom. Thus hath it been ordained by God, He Who causeth the dawn to break."
Gnostic and anthroposophic views
|16th century Bartolomeo|
|The Baptist preaching by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1732|