Dark Horse: John the Baptizer

John the Baptist is as enigmatic and intriguing a Biblical character as you're going to find. Fiery preaching, wild, adventurous lifestyle, and unapologetic pursuit of holiness. There's a lot we can learn from John's life, but also about his death. Like Jesus, there's a supernatural aspect to his birth story (Luke 1:5–25). As he grows, we find him living the life of an ascetic out in the desert, wearing camel's hair and living off of a diet of locusts and wild honey.

In spite of these eccentricities (or maybe because of them), John draws huge crowds to hear him preach. Even the Pharisees come out to listen to him, and John doesn't shy away from publicly challenging them.

Jesus gives John the highest compliment when he says, "Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" (Matthew 11:11).

Let's take a look at three lessons from the life of this fascinating man.

  1. Don't let your doubts have the last say.

  2. God's Silence is not God's Absence.

  3. God's Silence is not God's Anger.

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