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John The Baptist By John the Griffin The story of John the Baptist begins with his father Zachary a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem He was in the church praying when Gabriel an angel appeared to him The angel said to him Do not be frightened Zechariah your prayers have been heard Your wife Elizabeth will have a son who you shall name John You will have joy and gladness and many will rejoice at his birth For he will be great in the eyes of the Lord He shall drink neither wine nor strong drink He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mothers womb And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready a people prepared for the Lord Luke 11318 Zechariah doubted the angel because both him and his wife were old to have a child Gabriel made Zechariah mute because of his doubts until the birth of his son Six months later the same angel told Mary that she would have a son Mary heard about her cousin Elizabeth bearing a child so she went to visit her The baby John was filled with the Holy Spirit and leaped for joy in the womb when Mary was present Johns mission in life was to prepare the way of the Jesus Marys son John grew up as a hermit in the desert Because of this he was unspoiled by the world and close to God He spent many hours meditating to God When he was 27 or about AD 30 he began preaching the word of God along the banks of the Jordan River He proclaimed about the coming of the Messiah although many believed
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