There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:6-14
The reason John the Baptist began his ministry is because he knew his purpose. Jesus, through his prophet, Malachi, gave us the wonderful news that John would prepare the way for Him. Jesus was coming to earth in the flesh.
Cf. Malachi 3:1
John understood this prophecy and he understood the significant part he had to play. Not only did he understand, he surrendered all to do his duty to God. The furthest John traveled was to the cities surrounding the Jordan River, yet his voice was enough to bring Jerusalem and all Judea and the regions surrounding the Jordan to see him.
Cf. John 3:28; Luke 3:3; Matthew 3:5
John prepared the way of Jesus by preaching ‘Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ John knew that this world would come to an end for it had been prophesied. He knew that corruptible things would not be allowed in heaven and that the judgment of God awaited the wicked. He knew that sinners that refused to repent and turn from their wicked ways would be thrown into hellfire. John instructed us to flee from the wrath to come and bear fruits worthy of repentance.
Cf. Matthew 3:2; Danial 2:44; Job 21:30; Ezekiel 18:19-32; Ezekiel 33:10-11; Romans 1:18; Matthew 2:7-10; Matthew 3:8-10; Luke 3:7-8
Just as John the Baptist knew the Bible and his purpose, we too must do in like manner. We too must prepare the way for Jesus Christ by teaching the truth. Just as John believed in the coming of the Lord, we must believe the second coming of the Lord is upon us. We have been called to be the Noah of our time, the end-time watchmen.
Cf. Isaiah 52:8; Jeremiah 6:16-19; Mark 13:32-37; Revelation 1:3; Revelation 16:15.
The last thing that John taught was that He could only baptize mankind with water. However, Jesus will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire, the refining fire.
Cf. Zechariah 13:8-9
Jesus did not come to the earth to judge us. Jesus visited the earth in the form of man to give us light. John 1:9, assures us that Jesus gives light to every man. Everyone born in this world knows who the true God is to some extent.
Cf. Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 49:6
The prophecies of Jesus first coming spans from Genesis to Malachi and the prophecies of His second coming can be found throughout the entire Bible. There is no lack of scripture concerning these prophecies. Jesus wanted us to know how He would come and what He would do. He did not want any to falsely interpret the scriptures, doubt or be deceived. However, few truly understood the scriptures.
For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. Acts 13:27-29
Whenever I read this, it almost draws me to tears. We live in a world made by the hands of Jesus Christ and they did not know Him. Do we even know Him? Jesus compares our generation to the days of Noah. Few were religious and the men of that day indulged themselves in the pleasures of this world. They were eating, drinking, and marrying while ignoring God’s messenger who warned them of the destruction to come. When the judgment of God was upon them, it was too late. Jesus will come again to receive His own unto Himself and those who do not know Him will perish at His coming.
Cf. 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2; Matthew 24:34-44; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10; Revelation 21:3
When Jesus came as a man, he didn’t try to persuade us with His beauty. He didn’t offer us worldly possessions in turn for following Him. Isaiah 53:2 clearly states that He wasn’t a good looker, there was nothing attractive about Him. Jesus wants His followers to follow Him because they love Him. Jesus came unto His own, the Jewish people and they would not accept Him as king. The people He raised up, brought out of Egypt, and gave abundantly in resources and prophets rejected Him even until their own deaths.
Cf. Isaiah 53:3-4; Luke 19:14
The death of Jesus Christ, while tragic, was necessary. Since the first sin in the Garden of Eden, we have been condemned. Through the corruptible seed and genetic makeup of our ancestors, we have taken their character and are prone to sin. And because all have sinned we are all deserving of death.
Jesus died the death that we deserve so that we can live. He died so that all who would be children of God may not serve the death penalty that they rightly deserve. It is heresy to say that we are saved because Christ died for us. To be saved, we must be children of our Heavenly Father. The only way to become children of our God is to be faithful to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Cf. John 11:51-52; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 8:21
In order to show our commitment, we must be baptized. Fully emerged in water and reemerged as a new creature in Christ. You are not simply baptized unto a church, you are being baptized unto Jesus Christ our Lord. As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, you do not sin but practice righteousness. God wants us to be His firstfruit by consuming the word of truth and accepting its teachings.
Cf. John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9; 1 John 2:29; James 1:16-18
You should not be ashamed of following Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. By Him shall we be set free; freedom from our burden of sin. The apostles were not deceived by cunningly devised fables. They walked with Jesus and talked with Jesus. They heard as God the Father declare Christ to be His beloved Son. When the time comes, all shall see Christ and know of His divinity. Do not be ashamed of Jesus Christ because He is not ashamed to call us brethren.
Cf. John 14:6; Romans 6:14–18, 22; 2 Peter 1:16-18; Isaiah 40:5; Hebrews 2:8-11, 14; Matthew 12:49-50; Luke 8:21; John 18:37; 2 John 7