HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
JOHN THE BAPTIST
Jesus said about John that among men born of women (that would include everyone by the way!) there was none greater than John (Matthew 11:11). This was “the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’” (Matthew 11:10).
John was not afraid of being politically incorrect and apparently, he was not sent to make friends and influence people but to speak the truth and prepares the way for Jesus Christ.
On one occasion, “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come 8 Bring forth, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Luke 3:7-9).
Can you imagine calling out to the crowds who were coming to him to be baptized (Luke 3:7) “O generation of vipers?” That took great courage. John even told King Herod that “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife” (Mark 6:18b) and ended up losing his head for it, therefore John the Baptist is among those who I considered one of the greatest men of the Bible.