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Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:
One of the most unique relationships recorded in the Scriptures is that of Jesus and John the Baptist. In addition to being related by blood, both were called of God for a particular purpose. Both had their births foretold and their names given by way of the angel Gabriel.
As these two remarkable children grew, it is likely that they had some degree of interaction, due to their blood relationship. But their most significant meeting, and the first recorded in God’s Word, occurred many years later.
Matthew 3:1–6, 13–14
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Imagine this moment! Among the multitudes, Jesus was just the carpenter’s son, just another nameless supplicant standing in line with the rest. But John saw him for who he was. How this must have touched the heart of Jesus.
As we have read, John initially refused to baptize Jesus. What changed his mind?