Jesse Tree Day 21: Saint John the Baptist

For today’s Illustrated Jesse Tree, it’s time to look at some of Saint John the Baptist’s fiery preaching!

I love St. John the Baptist. I don’t know if saints can watch out after blogs, but if they do, I hope that he watches after this blog and helps me preach the good news. After all, if he can be a voice of one crying out in the desert, hopefully I can be a voice crying out on the internet and reminding people to prepare for the Lord!

Anyway! Let’s look at St. John the Baptist.


Saint John the Baptist

A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 3:1-12)

And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.

And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

The Voice in the Desert, by James Tissot, c. 1886-94. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Voice in the Desert, by James Tissot, c. 1886-94. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York, United States.

And the same John had his garment of camels’ hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Saint John the Baptist, by Alexandro Loarte, c. 1590s. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Saint John the Baptist, by Alexandro Loarte, c. 1590s. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan:

And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan, by Nicolas Poussin, c. 1630s. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States.
Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan, by Nicolas Poussin, c. 1630s. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States.

And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?

Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.

St. John the Baptist Preaching, by Mattia Preti, c. 1665. Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
St. John the Baptist Preaching, by Mattia Preti, c. 1665. Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, United States.

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.

Landscape with Saint John the Baptist Preaching, by Herri met de Bles, c. 1550. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist Preaching, by Herri met de Bles, c. 1550. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

I indeed baptize you in the water unto penance, but he that shall come after me, is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you in the Holy Ghost and fire.

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

The Appearance of Christ Before the People, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, c. 1837–1857. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Appearance of Christ Before the People, by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, c. 1837–1857. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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