- Consider The Introductory Passage Of Mark's Gospel:
-“, I , John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Mark 1:3-4)
First of all, it is vital to note how the author quotes two Old Testament prophets, Isaiah and Malachi. Following are the two scriptural references cited in the above excerpt from the Markan gospel account:
"A voice is calling, Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3)
"Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the of hosts." (Malachi 3:1)
These passages are obviously speaking of God the Father.
But the New Testament applies these messages to Jesus Christ, as well.
Therefore, it is abundantly clear that these texts, when connected, are saying that John the Baptist is the prophesied forerunner to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord God. Jesus is God, who is the Messiah.