Not one of the 12 but a disciple of Jesus – most probably brought to faith by Peter who refers top him as my son. (spiritual)
The one in Gethsemane who ran away naked. Only in his Gospel!
This is the Good News – I am a witness to this
So are Isaiah and Malachi the prophets quoted in vss 2-3 2 just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. 3 He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”
Why not start with the nativity why start 30 years later?
Writing to Roman Christians (in Rome!) in their tradition a state visit always preceded by road repairs, pot hole filling- guess we still do it!
Making straight the way levelling the road if it was too steep and tortuous. So, John is the one who does this for Jesus.
A herald would also be sent on ahead to proclaim the coming of the notable visitor Official. To Roman’s this herald was a vital part of the story.
Mark is also wanting to write quickly get the Gospel ‘out there’ and he writes at break neck speed, barely pausing for breath. And is one of his favourite words linking one episode to another – breathless!
John is described physically as being like Elijah – Jewish tradition held he would pave the way for the Messiah.
John ministers in the wilderness – spiritually symbolic about people’s lives.
John baptises – Jews often baptised converts but not their own – had other ceremonies for that. This is