John the Baptist, a "voice" in the wilderness

John the Baptist's metaphorical statement about himself in the Gospel of John has a corresponding detail in the circumstances of his birth, and a corresponding "sign" (miracle).

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

John's statement in the Gospel of John:

En Gedi waterfall "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." Isaiah 40:3, John 1:23

En Gedi waterfall
Photo source:

Corresponding detail in the circumstances of John's birth:

angel statue

John's father, Zacharias, lost his voice when the angel Gabriel appeared to him and announced to him that his wife would bear a son, and that his name would be John. He recovered his voice after John was born, when he wrote on a tablet, "His name is John." Luke 1:5-25, 57-64

Photo source:

Corresponding "sign" as John baptized Jesus:


A voice from heaven announced "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22

John the Baptist was a "voice" because he identified Jesus as the Messiah, and publicly proclaimed him to be the Messiah. One of John's disciples was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, who told him that the Messiah had been found, and brought him to Jesus. John 1:40-42

Photo source:

Music: Jesus Never Fails

Site visits since 02/14/2008:  

alt : Play Midi File

dove Isaiah 43:20

Family Topsites
Clip art sources:, and GospelGifs Free Christian Clipart. - Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications.
Holy Bible

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict

Valid CSS!

©2005-2015 Arlene Sheldon
All rights reserved

Updated July 22, 2015