The relationship between Jesus and John is more than that of a prophet heralding the Messiah. The two were cousins, with John being several months older than Jesus.

Jesus had much to say about John the Baptist, for he was the prophet who paved the way for the Messiah and baptized Jesus at the opening of our Savior's ministry. John, at first, refused to baptize Jesus. But Jesus said, "Suffer it to be so: for such it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness" (Matt. 3:15).

We too, must learn the lesson Jesus taught John. There, are times we must be subject to the former (temporal) rules as Jesus was subject to John and Moses' law. However, it is usually a temporary situation and it always involves temporal authority -- not spiritual authority.

In other words, if you go to a church where the leaders require you to wear a hat -- then wear a hat as long as you are there under their temporal authority. But you are not obliged to continue under their temporal authority unless you want to. Naturally, they will question your salvation if you do leave their fold because they do not understand the gospel of the uncircumcision -- but you are learning it.

John, the last and greatest of the

Old Testament prophets (Matt. 11:9-11), paved the way for Jesus, but he did not understand that Jesus was to bring the kingdom to the HEART (SPIRIT) of man first, and that about 2000 years later His kingdom on the EARTH would be established.

John expected an EARTHLY kingdom back then.

In fact, the theologians of 2000 years ago were mistakenly looking for an EARTHLY kingdom to be set up over the governments of this world and instead, our Messiah established a SPIRITUAL kingdom in the hearts of men. Now, 2000 years later, some theologians are looking for a SPIRITUAL (heavenly) kingdom -- but the scriptures indicate that Christ will establish an EARTHLY kingdom very soon. Will we ever learn?

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