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John the Baptist.

John the Baptist.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY FRANCIS TRENCH


AMONG all God s servants and saints of whom
the Bible tells, no one occupies a more peculiar
position than John the Baptist. Prophets in the
Old Testament announced his appearance, office,
and ministry; and Jesus himself bore his own
testimony to the special honour and distinction
with which he was endowed. " What went ye
out for to see ? A prophet ? Yea, I say unto you,
and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom
it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before
thee. Verily, I say unto you, Among them that
are born of women, there hath not arisen a
greater than John the Baptist
BY FRANCIS TRENCH


AMONG all God s servants and saints of whom
the Bible tells, no one occupies a more peculiar
position than John the Baptist. Prophets in the
Old Testament announced his appearance, office,
and ministry; and Jesus himself bore his own
testimony to the special honour and distinction
with which he was endowed. " What went ye
out for to see ? A prophet ? Yea, I say unto you,
and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom
it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before
thee. Verily, I say unto you, Among them that
are born of women, there hath not arisen a
greater than John the Baptist

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JOH THE BAPTIST. BY FRACIS TRECHAMOG all God s servants and saints of whom the Bible tells, no one occupies a more peculiar position than John the Baptist. Prophets in the Old Testament announced his appearance, office, and ministry; and Jesus himself bore his own testimony to the special honour and distinction with which he was endowed. " What went ye out for to see ? A prophet ? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily, I say unto you, Among them that are born of women, there hath not arisen a greater than John the Baptist a ." He thus quotes one of those two prophecies concerning St. John, the one written seven, the other four centuries before his birth, a rare and almost unexampled instance of any mere man, who was to appear in the times of the ew Testament, being announced in the Old. Side by side with this prophecy, a Matt. xi. 9. 258 ST. JOH THE BAPTIST. quoted and applied by the Lord himself, St. Mark adds the other : " The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ; make his paths straight b ." or should it be for gotten, that every one of the four Gospels begins with the record of St. John. His birth and early days were precisely in accordance with the pecu liarity of his office, character, and work. His
 
birth was announced by an angel from Heaven to his aged father; and his nurture and education were not less unusual. He was not born accord ing to nature s rule, but contrary to it. He was, specially, a child of promise, given, like Isaac, when all expectation of such a gift had long passed away. And when he was foretold to the priest Zacharias, as a son, the angel thus spake of him : " He shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink : and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother s womb c ." We need not dwell in any farther detail on the well- known events connected with this promise and this birth ; but only, in remembrance, follow the child as he " grew and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts until the time of his showing unto Israel d ." This was to be his pre paration. He, the future " preacher of righteous ness," was to dwell far away from the attractions of "this present evil world 6 ." He was to pass b Mark 1.3. c Luke i. 15. d Luke i. 80. e These and the two or three following observations are adapted from ancient comments on St. John s early life. ST. JOH THE BAPTIST. 259 the days of his youth alone in self-denial, in prayer, and communion with his God; and far away from the fashion of cities and courts, he was to learn fear of God only, and not fear of ungodly men, whatever their rank, power, or celebrity ; whether they might be the Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to his baptism, or whether he might have to rebuke an Herod for his sin. Such was his singular birth, such the
 
singular means employed by God to train him for his office ! A few years passed away, St. John s ministry commenced ; but still he pursued that course which God had appointed for him, strange and eccentric as it was in the eye of man. He " had his raiment of camel s hair, and his meat was locusts and wild honey." He came (saith the Lord) "neither eating nor drinking," that is, not living in society, nor partaking of its habits, its pleasures, and its courtesies ; but passing a remote and austere life, unlike that of other men. But he commanded all reverence and ob servation. This was confessed and felt by all of every grade. The very chief priests and the scribes felt it. When asked by Jesus " whether the baptism of John was from heaven or of men ;" they were compelled to reason thus : "If we shall say, From heaven, he will say, Why then believed ye him not? but if we shall say, Of men, all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet f ." And f Luke xx. 5, 6. s2 260 ST. JOH THE BAPTIST. Herod was restrained a while from putting him to death, "fearing the multitude," because they "counted him as a prophets." His word was with power, and as he "preached in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," there " went out to him Jerusalem and all Judsea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in

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