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St John The Baptist St John the Baptist was born in ain-karim a town south west of Jerusalem in 4bc He was the son of the priest Zacharias and Elizabeth He lived as a hermit in the desert of Jordan until he was 30 when he began to preach on the banks of Jordan against the evil of the times He attracted large crowds of people When Jesus came to him he recognised him as the messiah and baptised him saying it is I who need baptism from you Shortly after he had baptised Jesus He began to denounce the marriage of Herod Antipas ruler of Galilee Herod had divorced his own wife and taken herodias the wife of his half brother Philip John the Baptist declared it is not lawful for you to have her so Herod threw him in prison Not only did Herod fear John and his disciples he also knew him to be a righteous man so he didnt kill him One day Herod gave a fine banquet to celebrate his birthday His entire court was there Herodiass daughter Salome pleased Herod when she danced to entertain the company so Herod promised her anything she wantedeven half his kingdom Prompted by her mother she asked for the head of St John the Baptist Because of his pride Herod though deeply sorry could not decline the request St John was a good person He baptised many people and brought them closer to God He was dedicated to gods service from birth with life long promises never to shave drink wine or indulge in human pleasures He lived in the wilderness wearing rugged clothes and living on locust and wild honey St John was a kind Noble man He lived a good life He tried to bring people closer to God He teaches us to be a better person by giving and sharing and living without every pleasure
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