John The Baptist: Preparing The World For Jesus

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John the Baptist's main purpose on earth was to prepare the way for Jesus Christ. In the book Encountering the New Testament, the authors state "John recognized himself as a transitional figure who was a forerunner of the Messiah” (page 109). The four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - hold the accounts of John's life. John preached on the end of the age, the coming of the Messiah, and the final judgment. He baptized people in water and had a group of disciples around him, but he ultimately prepared the world for Jesus Christ. As John baptized with water, Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Just as John had disciples, so did Jesus. John urged his own disciples to follow the Messiah instead of him. Because of his preaching about
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