John the Baptist
The Old Testament ends on a note of promise, that God would send Elijah to prepare the people for their coming savior, the Messiah. This Elijah turns out to be John the Baptist, who prepares the people by teaching them about repentance. Much to their surprise, the people learned that being born Jewish was of no advantage, and that they too had to learn that they have nothing of value to offer God if they are to enter his kingdom.
I. John the Baptist
II. John’s Baptism
III. John’s Conflict with the Jewish Leaders
IV. John Was Preparing the Way for Another
A. Those who understand they have nothing to offer God