John the Baptist is the God-appointed, Spirit-filled herald. He is passionate about the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven. He is passionate about the exaltation of Jesus. He is passionate about exclaiming salvation by grace through faith. In addition, he greatly desires to experience ongoing repentance flowing forth from the humble worshippers coming to his revival services.
This is the Baptist’s explicit message:
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”
John welcomed such worshippers:
Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their…
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