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John the Baptist A Great Man John the Baptist the son of Zachary and Elizabeth was named the Baptist because he taught a new rite of baptism by divine authority a baptism of repentance or because he baptized Jesus He was a man of priestly descent a prophet a preacher and also prepared the arrival of Jesus as the angel told Zachary that his son was to make ready a people prepared for the Lord Lk 116-17 John has great theological and social significance for Christian history but three of his greatest assets were the rituals of baptism fasting and prayer The baptism of John was a symbol of internal holiness and its reception demanded internal reform it was a penitential preparation for admittance to the Kingdom of God and included a confession of sins Johns forceful preaching urged his fellow countrymen to repent of their sins receive baptism and live a life of righteousness Baptism played a great role in Johns preaching and reminded that in order to get into the Kingdom of God one had to be baptized for the kingdom of heaven is at hand Mk 14 After a person was baptized a follower of the Kingdom of God had to live on some terms Those who had earthly possessions should share them with poorLk 310-14 He was very serious about his ways because he knew there was a comingthe coming of Jesus Baptism was a bodily action to and expressive of soul cleansing and righteous behavior Josephus points out that John baptized peoplefor inward cleansing These baptisms were baths for the purpose of cleansing the believer from ritual corruption John took many believers but also accepted non-believers as well All were welcome to his baptism as long as they believed to live by the Word of God His baptisms led to a new beginning a new initiation into a new community where God would send
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