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Mary Fairchild

John the Baptist - The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

By August 20, 2008

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John the Baptist is one of the most distinctive characters in the New Testament. He had an unusual flair for fashion, wearing wild-looking clothing made of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist. He lived in the desert wilderness, ate locust and wild honey and preached a strange message. Unlike so many people, John the Baptist knew his mission in life. He clearly understood that he had been set apart by God for a purpose.

Learn more about John the Baptist's accomplishments, his character strengths, and the lessons we can take from his life:
August 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm
(1) Bible Devotions says:

I wouldn’t say John was the greatest man who lived, as I believe Jesus Christ was the greatest man who ever lived. ;)

However, there is no doubt that John the Baptist was a man to admire, even though he was a little different…

I say that he should be admired because he was a man of God, and wasn’t afraid to show it.

Moreover, he was willing to give his life for his convictions, which is something that I think most people wouldn’t do these days.

Indeed, we need more men like him in the Church!

July 22, 2011 at 3:06 am
(2) Christopher Forster says:

I disagree! Jesus truly was the greatest man who ever lived, as John was lead by God through him.
We all a part of the circle of life…fulfilling the scriptures is a must!
Immaterial of whatever outcome lays wait…for it is written, so shall it be done! ;)

November 21, 2011 at 9:57 am
(3) jon says:

ya i agree with u. jesus was the greatest man who ever lived. but john the Baptist was also a great man.

August 23, 2008 at 9:37 am
(4) Mary says:

Jesus said in Luke 7:28, that John the Baptist was the greatest man to have ever lived: “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John …”

I won’t argue with Jesus.


And, unlike John, Jesus was God incarnate, fully God, fully man. That gave him an unfair advantage to greatness.

BTW, I visited your blog. It looks interesting.

August 26, 2008 at 7:06 am
(5) Mary says:

It’s interesting to note, John the Baptist never performed one miracle throughout his ministry, yet Jesus still considered him the greatest among men.

November 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm
(6) MoniQue says:

Why is it that John the Baptist rebuked Herod publicly about Herod’s adultery urging him to repent, and he got his head chopped off; yet here we have Obama who is guilty of far worse (abortion, homosexual marriage, racial dividing, and allowing others to worship and give him adoration as a god, AND NO WELL-KNOWN PASTORS OR PREACHERS ARE COMING OUT IN REBUKE OF HIM?

Instead they are asking for us to “pray for safety, wisdom, and discernment” for Obama?
But there will be no safety, wisdom, and discernment WITHOUT REPENTANCE.

Remember, Jesus warned us that if salt loses it’s flavor it is no longer useful.

Please warn other Christians. Warn your pastor! We must urge Obama to repent FIRST before God will ever hear any prayers for his wisdom and discernment.


December 24, 2008 at 7:19 am
(7) aforward says:

Please! Mary and everyone else that visits this site, learn the truth. Especially about Jesus. He himself preached that the Father was greater than himself, yet you say he is God incarnate. TOTALLY FALSE!!! FULLY GOD AND FULLY MAN?!? WHAT!!! These teachings have no basis with the Bible. Jesus never preached this to his disciples and there is no mention of this in the whole Bible canon.

March 24, 2009 at 6:59 am
(8) PJ says:

Please, be very clear, God Himself in His Word said Jesus was Himself. SEE the first chapter of John in the New Testament:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

October 23, 2009 at 12:32 am
(9) MELT says:

John the Baptist is very important. Theres a good reason why John the Baptist was called the Greatest man to be born from women, the representative of mankind, the one to prepare the way for the lord, elijah to come (meaning he will bring the people back to God), the one crying in the wilderness (means where he was abiding, the tabernacle), he was a high priest thanks to his geneology, he started at age 30 the legal age for a high priest, that all through him might be saved. Why was he called these things? (I am sure to have missed some titles)

Because Christ came to fulfill the OT sacrificial law. “I came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it” But in Ephesians 2:15 “by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,” So then. He abolished the law in his flesh. He fulfilled them. HE FULFILLED THEM.

Lets look at Hebrews 10:1 “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” So he came by the sacrificial law.

If you wish look it up in Leviticus ch 1 and Leviticus ch 16. CH 16 has the day of atonement which is a exact duplicate of how Christ came.

The law requires that the High Priest (the High Priest is ordained by God from the house of Aaron) on the day of atonement has to…
1. get a sacrifice without blemish (Christ the son of God is without blemish)
2. lay his hands on the sacrifices head and put all the sins of Israel onto the head (John the Baptist laid his hands on Christs head and baptized him, putting the worlds (ALL) sin onto him)
3. then to bleed the sacrifice to death to atone for sin (Christ bled to death on the cross to atone for sin)

I have barely touched the surface on this subject but;

1 john 5:6

This is the one who came by WATER and BLOOD—Jesus Christ. He did not come by WATER only, but by WATER and BLOOD. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

In the past the original church celebrated Christs baptism only, and supposedly from the above verse they sometimes ignored his death on the cross! wow! Its opposite nowadays though, we threw away his law and hold onto the cross. The place where our sins are condemned… You need both, the water and the blood, to be saved. A half truth isn’t a truth at all.

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May 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(10) Brad says:

No one needs to doubtfully qualify or quantify John the Baptist’s greatness. We have a clear quote from Christ.

As Luke is ALL about, John was clearly on a superbly entwined track with Christ. The visitation. The baptism. Etc.

He is the greatest of mortal men, excepting the hypostatic Christ, because he was chosen BY God to be Christ’s immediate herald and thus the last OT prophet.

If God himself ordained this and placed a singular stamp of approval on him, why would any creature argue with the Creator?

December 25, 2010 at 7:18 am
(11) sss says:

hi everyone, as a muslim we believe john the baptist was a true believer

January 30, 2011 at 10:33 am
(12) Jody says:

Am I misreading the text here? My bible states that Jesus claimed John was the greatest PROPHET that ever lived. Huge difference…

January 31, 2011 at 9:26 am
(13) Mary says:

How about Matthew 11:11 in the KJV: “…Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…”

September 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm
(14) Kimi says:

I would have to agree…we should not argue with Jesus…plus he was meaning…OF earthly conception. John the Baptist did rebuke Herod…and lost his head over it. He also called the pharisees vipers…he was a man who said what he meant and meant what he said. He did not perform miracles and was the for runner for Christ. He understood Jesus more than any other prophet. Even Daniel wrote of things he clearly told God he did not understand. BUT MATT 11:11 clearly is talking about his KNOWLEDGE Of CHRIST. The end of which says only those in Heaven understood more…because just like Daniel was promised, they had a HEAVENLY VIEW. John would not have fit into our SEEKER FRIENDLY society today!

January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(15) mariobarroso@ymail,com says:

the greastest person apart from Jesus should be john the baptist, as

mathew 11:11 “truely I say to you among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the baptist “.

If one new the meaning of Jesus baptism one would realize that he was really the greatest. would love to share his important ministry with you on the subject of Jesus baptism.


March 3, 2013 at 10:37 am
(16) mario says:

1 Peter 3:21 we see through Noah’s righteousness (God declared Noah righteous through his faith in him) his family was saved through BAPTISM, Noah’s and the flood referred as a baptism which now saves.

1 Corinthians 10: 1-6 we see through Moses righteousness (God declared Moses righteous through his faith in him) the Isrealities were saved through BAPTISM as they were baptised into Moses through the red sea as a baptism.

Romans 4:9–1″FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”2 we see through Abrahamrighteousness (God declared that he was righteous though his faith in him) the Jews though circumcission Abraham convenant with God.

Mathew 3:15 REASON FOR JESUS BAPTISM was “ to fulfill all righteousness”, we were all baptised into Jesus, everyone from Adam and Eve till the last person born before his return will be saved if we just have FAITH that Jesus has done everything for our salvation.

Like By Jesus taking our sin had to die as wages of sin is death. JESUS HAD TO COMMIT THE OFFENCE BEFORE BEING PUNISHED BY DEATH (THE CROSS) DIED AND SHED HIS BLOOD.

This reasoning is taken from Leviticus 16 (day of atonement) and as referred back form Hebrews 7-11 ( Jesus as the Lamb of God), . The high priest Aaron took the two goats without spot or blemish. One for God and was killed and the blood sprinked as God had told them, the other Aaron placed his two on the head of it and transferred all the sins of Isreal on to it. Then it was led into the wilderness by a capable person. When John the baptist baptised Jesus he layed his hands on Jesus and transferred all the sins of the world onto Jesus, here we see the correspondance that Jesus was then led into the wilderness by a capable person, the person Holy Spirit.


September 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm
(17) Aaron says:

Jesus did declare John the Baptist to be the greatest prophet, but then said whoever is least in the Kingdom is greater than him. I think the point was less about who the best is and more about the superiority of the new covenant

March 19, 2014 at 2:09 am
(18) Vincent Neale says:

Jesus was asked this question and He said that John the Baptist was the greatest man. Now some people dispute that but I`m sorry but I take the words of My Lord Jesus as the truth and I would never contradict His word

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