There was a man sent from God, whose name was John
From the first declaration in Genesis 3:15 and throughout the Old Testament, God promised the gospel “through his prophets in the holy Scriptures” (Rom. 1:2). The good news concerning His Son was always the main message and promise of hope to a fallen world lost in darkness.
Even the law, which came later on was not the main message, for it did not “annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void” (Gal. 3:17). Ultimately God gave His Law to highlight and direct mankind to His coming Redeemer. God’s people lived in the hope of a promised Savior.
Right before Jesus became flesh, God sent another herald of His gospel, of whom Jesus said: “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist” (Matt. 11:11). John was given the amazing privilege of being Jesus’ forerunner, announcing His arrival. Like all the Old Testament prophets, He was God-sent.
His name means God is gracious. No better name could have been the expression of His mandate and mission. God’s promises were about to be revealed in flesh and blood.
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