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“And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.” - John 1:19-21.

Comment:

When the Jews saw the work John the Baptist was doing, they were convinced he was a prophet of God and so they sent people to ask him, who he was. He told them clearly that he was not the Christ, but the one whom Isaiah had earlier prophesied of. - John 1:22-23.  Compare Isaiah 40:3.

John the Baptist rebuked wrongs without fear, (Matthew 14: 1-4,5-11)  He referred to the multitudes who came to him to be baptized as a “generation of vipers” and stressed that their repentance must be seen in their deeds.  He told them that one is a child of God not by birth but by faith. (Luke 3:7-9)  He did not care for worldly glories or honours but lived a secluded life in the wilderness.  – Mark 1:3-6;  Matthew 11: 7-10;  3: 4.

He remains a shining example of faith, patience, non-compromise, longsuffering, courage, etc. in the work of God. Our Saviour Our Lord Jesus Christ says there is no prophet in the old era who was greater than John the Baptist. He stated, “But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. “…Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” - Matthew 11:8-11.

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