"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him. And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him; and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:13-17 ASV
<p>Illustration of John baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. Three men watch from the shore. A beam of light descends upon Jesus.

Baptism of Jesus by John

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John would have…

An engraving by J. Jackson, Sr. of Sir Joshua Reynolds' painting, <i>The Holy Family.</i> Many, Joseph, and Jesus look towards the infant John the Baptist dressed in camel skin. John holds a staff with a scroll. Although not visible, John's scroll is often represented as reading "Ecce Agnus Dei" in artwork. Reynolds' painting was completed around 1787. This engraving appears in a Bible published in 1853. The setting is a garden.

The Holy Family by Sir Joshua Reynolds

An engraving by J. Jackson, Sr. of Sir Joshua Reynolds' painting, The Holy Family. Many, Joseph, and…

"And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. Now John himself had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey." Matthew 3:1-4 ASV
<p>Illustration of John the Baptist wearing a camel hair garnet and holding a cup. A cross can barely be seen in the shadow at the left side of the illustration.

John the Baptist

"And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, Repent ye;…

"And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee; and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and them that sat at meat with him; and the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went out, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptizer. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou forthwith give me on a platter the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat, he would not reject her. And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother." Mark 6:21-28 ASV
<p>Illustration of John the Baptist about to be beheaded. The daughter of Herodias stands in the background with a platter.

Beheading of John the Baptist

"And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, and the…

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John." Luke 1:13 KJV

Zacharias Writing a Name for the Child

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall…