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In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ - Matthew 3:1-2 

During this season of Advent one notable character we encounter in our gospel readings is John the Baptist. John seems to come from out of nowhere. And from the description we get from the Gospel of Mark, John certainly wouldn’t have made the best-dressed man of the year as he wore camel’s hair with a leather strap around his waist, plus he wasn’t much of a dietitian since his diet consisted mainly of locusts and honey. John would have appeared to be a rather wild man.

However, in this case we can say the clothes don’t make the man for John was powerful in his own way. Fred Craddock points out that John the Baptist was the greatest preacher of his generation. Not only was John the herald for the coming Messiah, he was preparing the people for the Messiah by getting them to repent of their sins and be baptized.

People, even some of the mos…

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