Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church

John the Baptist

John is a man whose life and memory are defined by what he did. He is John, the Baptist. He baptized. He was a man with a message, preaching out in the country side, near the Jordan River. The word of his preaching began to attract attention. People came from towns and villages, from places far away, to hear the message he proclaimed. He gave ethical advice and instruction, telling people how to live their lives and do their work in a manner which would please God. He declared to people God’s anger at sin and sinful behavior and he called them to repent – that is to turn away from sin – and, as an expression of that change of heart, to be baptized. And people came in droves.