There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. John 1:6-8
In ancient times whenever a king would travel a herald would go before them to let all know that royalty was near, today we call them press agents. These heralds were dressed in finery becoming of the king they served. But when it came to the King of Kings we have John crying in the wilderness. His clothing was rough not what you would expect for a king but exactly what was correct for a King born in a manger.
John was there to draw people to the coming Messiah, yet many thought he was the Messiah. The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come at this time in their history. They were looking for someone to throw off the Roman oppression and according to the prophets this was the time He was to appear. So it is little wonder when John started to preach that he was mistaken for the Messiah.
We see today that John the Baptist was not the light but only came to bear witness to the light. John was the herald for the Messiah. He was there to get people ready to receive their Messiah, the Anointed of God.
But sadly even with all of John’s work and all that Jesus did so many missed their chance to follow the Messiah. They were so blinded by what they thought the Messiah should be and do that they lost sight of what God intended. Nothing much has changed two thousand years later.
Have a blessed day,