• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Importance of John the Baptist

Extracts from this document...


The Importance of John the Baptist: "Among them that are born of women there has not arisen a greater than John the Baptist . . ." (Mt. 11:11). John the Baptist, the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah was sent by god for a special mission as an ascetic Jewish preacher. He travelled all around the banks of the Jordan River, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Herds of people came admitting all their sins and he baptized each and every one of them in the Jordan River. One of the people he baptized at that time was Jesus. The man who he was assasinated by was Herod Antipas, because John had accused him for his incestuous marriage. John's ministry was followed by the people of Jesus' ministry and a few of Jesus' early followers had too been followers of John. Both John and Jesus preached at times of social, religious and political conflict. In his character, John was strong and courageous-yet humble. ...read more.


John's ministry was in connection with: 1. The Holy Spirit, who worked more in accordance with the Old Testament than the New Testament. The spirit came upon John in a sudden outpouring, as with the prophets of old. John the Baptist was specifically appointed, anointed and sent of God for the ministry he carried out, and he sealed that ministry with his life's blood. 2. The baptism of John the Baptist was of much deeper significance than the baptism practiced among the Jews. The baptism of John was a divinely appointed office of his ministry; it was the baptism of repentance. Luke 3:3 tells us that John "came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." This was not the baptism of regeneration. Water has never washed sin away, and never will. It is said in the Word of God "Not by Works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY HE saved us, by the WASHING OF REGENERATION, and renewing of the Holy Ghost(Tit 3:5). ...read more.


But John the Baptist was not imitating Elijah or anyone else. His dress and his diet, as well as his calling were of the Lord. He was like Elijah, and he was not afraid of man. King Herod arrested and beheaded John because John very plainly told King Herod that he was living in adultery because he had taken his Brother Philip's wife, Herodias. Such told preaching cost John his life. John's ministry was short but fruitful. In John 3:30 John declared "He must increase, but I must decrease." In this chapter we learn that while baptism is of the Lord, and it is most definitely important, it does not save. It has nothing to do with regeneration. The baptism of John the Baptist was of divine appointment, it was ordained of God (John 1:33). It gave a name to his entire ministry- "the baptism of John": (Mat 21-25). But the baptism of John did not save anyone. John the Baptist baptized great multitudes, among them the outstanding Person of all time. No man ever baptized one so pure, holy and high as John did when he baptized the one and only, Lord Jesus Christ. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Misc section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Misc essays

  1. Comparing and Contrasting Envy and Deception in Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing and Othello

    The irony of this scene is that in the previous scene, having heard of Beatrice's love for him Benedick gives in to his infatuation but Beatrice does not see this as they spend their time trying to outdo each other in their wittiness and intelligence.

  2. The Role of Sin in The Crucible

    Abigail also drank blood as part of a charm to kill Elizabeth Proctor. This depravity all resulted from the sins of lust and envy, directly correlated in particular case, in the complicated love triangle of Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor, and Abigail Williams.

  1. ITGS: Tutorials, Training & Wizards

    This can be done very conveniently. The technology emerged when Microsoft and Apple felt the need to help and enlarge their customer base by helping them with procedures crucial to creating files that could be made with their applications. The issues that are related are those of: The business of the company that manufactures the software.

  2. SWA lord of the flies

    As the ship gets closer to the shore I realize I been standing still for so long that the fury of the fire behind me has made my skin turn red. I walk towards the ship and I watch the burning island for a last time; the flames seem to be laughing at us celebrating their victorious triumph.

  1. Can taking life be justified?

    One of the ways in which the taking of life is allowed by society is capital punishment, sentencing people to death for committing a crime. Over the years there have been many debates over the government's ability to sentence people to death.

  2. Drugs should not be legal

    drugs rose from 44 percent in 1980 to 69 percent in 1987. Among ?17-18 year olds the shift over the same interval was from 50 percent to 74 ?percent (Williams 226)! The abuse of illegal drugs is very threatening to ?America's future.

  1. A truly loving God would never allow the suffering of innocents and an omnipotent ...

    actions would lack any meaning; there would be no morality to anything we did. God created a universe which is neither free from evil nor full of it, allowing humans to improve it. If God intervened every time suffering was to take place, humans would not be able to anticipate

  2. GCSE Welsh Baccalaureate Completed Diary Pages

    I also think that Under Milk Wood is a great promotion of the old story, and a great way to remember Dylan Thomas. Why is it important for young people to learn about other countries and cultures? In my opinion, the study of culture helps to reinitiate the minds of

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work