What Did Jesus Say About John The Baptist
Jesus and John the Baptist were cousins (Luke 1:36). Their mothers, Mary and Elizabeth, were also relatives. Jesus’ ministry began after John was killed. So they had a personal connection with each other. The Gospel writers report four encounters between Jesus and John the Baptist where Jesus taught about his cousin. Let’s look at these encounters of Christ with John the Baptist to see what Jesus said about him—and what we learn from that.
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We may never know exactly how Jesus viewed John the Baptist.
We may never know exactly how Jesus viewed John the Baptist. However, there is one thing that we can be sure of: Jesus looked up to him and considered him to be the greatest of all prophets.
Jesus’s words in Matthew 11:11-14 indicate that he was a man who practiced what he preached, and after his death, Jesus continued to hold John in high regard by not mentioning him as one of those who walked with God. However, we must remember that there were four people whom Jesus did not mention in this passage—and they were John’s disciples!
Jesus and John the Baptist had very similar messages, but they were two different people.
John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth were two very different men, but they had several similarities. They both lived in Judea during the rule of Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great. Their ministries overlapped for several years, starting when John was about twenty years old and Jesus was about thirty-three years old (Luke 3:1).
Both men preached repentance from sin, baptism as a symbol of that repentance and salvation by faith in God rather than by keeping laws (Matthew 3:2-12; John 3:23). Both taught that God would soon send a deliverer, who would destroy evil on Earth (Matthew 11:3; Luke 1:76-79). Both spoke out against wealth and told people to turn away from worldly pursuits like business deals or political power struggles (Matthew 19:24-26; Mark 10:23-25). Finally, both were executed around the same time—Jesus was crucified at age 33 while John was beheaded at age 36 (Mark 6:14).
Jesus and John the Baptist came from different social classes.
You may be familiar with the story of Jesus and John the Baptist. But did you know that they were two different people? Jesus was a carpenter, while John the Baptist was a prophet and a teacher. John had many disciples, but Jesus had few. Today we will explore how these two men’s backgrounds influenced their faith journeys and how they related to each other during their time on earth together.
By birth, Jesus and John the Baptist were cousins.
As you probably already know, John the Baptist was born to Elizabeth and Zechariah. But did you know that Elizabeth and Zechariah were cousins? In fact, they were first cousins—and also cousins to Mary and Joseph (who are Jesus’ parents). So John was a first cousin of Jesus.
So what does this mean? Well, it means that although he wasn’t technically blood-related to Jesus, they had family in common—which might mean something different than we’re accustomed to thinking about “family” today. Their connection also illustrates another important point: even though John was not descended from King David’s line (via King Solomon), he nevertheless had a clear connection with God through his father Zechariah’s role as a priest in the Temple.
There’s some evidence that John the Baptist influenced Jesus.
There’s some evidence that John the Baptist influenced Jesus.
John’s preaching was the first time the Messiah was mentioned in the New Testament, and it’s no coincidence that he baptized Jesus. The fact that he baptized Jesus shows that he believed in him.
John the Baptist was also a prophet who preached about repentance and prepared people for Christ’s coming—the coming of “the Lamb of God who takes away our sins” (John 1:29). And we know from Matthew 3:14-15 and 3:17-19 that those who were listening to John were expecting another Elijah, not someone greater than him (as John said himself). Their expectations were shattered when they witnessed this man whom they knew as one of their own being baptized by someone else! Thus, through his baptism with water and Spirit as well as his subsequent ministry with power from above (Luke 4:14), this humble carpenter became recognized as Israel’s Messiah by an unlikely source—a man named John
Some theologians believe that John was sent to confirm Jesus’ true identity.
Some theologians believe that John was sent to confirm Jesus’ true identity. In the book of Mark, it says: “John appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). The word “baptism” means “immersion,” so this was a symbol of cleansing from sin through repentance.
John said he was not worthy to carry Jesus’ sandals, showing how humbled he felt about his role as a servant helping others prepare for Christ’s arrival (see Luke 7:29-30). Because John recognized who Jesus was and what He would bring when He came, John knew his job was not just to cleanse individuals but also prepare them by pointing them toward God’s plan for humanity as revealed through Christ’s life on earth.
When did Jesus’ ministry start?
Jesus’ ministry officially started when he was about 30 years old. The New Testament tells us that John the Baptist was preparing the way for Jesus, who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. John the Baptist started his ministry around the same time as Jesus’ and before him there were no prophets mentioned in the Bible. Therefore, John and Jesus could be considered prophets since they did what God told them to do: preach His word and tell people of His coming Messiah (Jesus).
The last prophet in the New Testament is Paul who performed miracles, wrote epistles (letters), taught other believers about Christ’s death on our behalf so that we would not have to pay for our sins when we died (Romans 6:23), fought for Christians against their Roman oppressors so that they could practice their faith freely without fear of persecution (Acts 18-20), etc..
The angel Gabriel identified both men as special to God before they were born.
Luke 1:11-17 and Luke 1:35 both say that John the Baptist was “filled with the Holy Spirit” while he was still in his mother’s womb.
Matthew 3:1-2 says that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while he was still in his mother’s womb.
Both men lived as prophets in the desert before embarking on their preachings.
Both men lived as prophets in the desert before embarking on their preachings. John’s life was spent in the wilderness, while Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights. He was celibate, ate what he could find (including locusts) and had a simple lifestyle.
John also wore rough clothing, similar to what he had been accustomed to when working as an artisan. The prophet Elijah also wore similar attire when being persecuted by King Ahab (1 Kings 19:19).
Both men had very similar messages and both promoted repentance by living extremely simple lives.
When comparing the messages of Jesus and John the Baptist, it’s easy to see that they both promoted repentance by living extremely simple lives. Both men were said to have been very charismatic and popular. They also preached about being humble and having compassion for others.
We may never fully understand how these two great prophets viewed each other, but we do know that both of their ministries were major turning points in religious history.
We may never fully understand how these two great prophets viewed each other, but we do know that both of their ministries were major turning points in religious history. The teachings of Jesus and John the Baptist are similar in many ways, but they differ in many ways as well. John was an ascetic who lived almost entirely off locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4). He preached repentance by living a life of simple austerity. His message was one of imminent judgment and impending doom for those who did not heed his call to repentance (Matthew 3:7-10). Jesus’ ministry began with a baptism at which John officiated (Luke 3:21), but after this point there is little evidence to suggest that the two men collaborated on any projects or shared common goals outside of their common concern for Israel’s spiritual health.
In spite of this lack of collaboration between them, however, their lives undoubtedly intersected at various points throughout history—and today we can still see evidence left behind by both prophets’ efforts towards restoring the kingdom’s glory through word and deed!
Our goal for this article has been to try and make some sense of this passage for our readers. We can see that there is a lot going on here, and the fact that it may be referring to something entirely different from what most expect doesn’t help matters much. We hope we have succeeded in doing so with our explanation above.