And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
It must have been quite a sight to see and hear John the Baptist. What’s known as the 400 silent years—the years between the last prophet of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament—had ended. God was clearly speaking once again. While God may have been silent for centuries, everything was working toward “the fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4).
Matthew wrote of John: “Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.” Isaiah had already clearly stated his mission and mandate: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness; ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight’” (Matt. 3:3-4). Jesus would say of him: “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist” (Matt. 11:11).
The religious leaders took obvious notice of him. They “sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem” with one question: “Who are you?” Some wondered whether or not John was the Messiah. John would give them a clear and Biblical answer.
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