John the ” Baptist ” went before our Lord in his character ( Mark 1: 1 – 8 ), Christ so-called – Hebrews 6: 20 ” where Jesus has entered in advance as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. “; as entering before his people into the holy places as their head and guide.
The description of John however, stretches our imagination. He is identified as a wilderness man: John was clothed with camel’s-hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. However, the primary intention of John was not to draw attention to himself, but to the one of whom he is the “ forerunner “.
John fulfils the role of the one who is the forerunner, the one who is called to make known ” the Messiah “, the Son of God. The Lord; the one who ” will baptize with the Holy Spirit; and the one, who is ” my God’s Son ” the beloved. Within the opening verses of the Gospel, we are introduced to Jesus, and we see and hear for ourselves the one who is “ the beginning of the Good News “.
This is the one who has come, who is present, and who is to come again. We too are called to announce and make known God’s Son in this season of recollection like the witness of John, we too are witnesses to the one who incarnates “ the beginning of the Good News: The Gospel “.