We know him as John the Baptist, or I prefer John the Baptizer, but see the picture Jesus painted of John and see a preacher of God,
“As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet” (Matthew 11:7-9).
Most people want a preacher who is a reed shaken by the wind, who wears soft garments, and does not offend them, but whom they can mold.
That was not John, but he declared boldly the word of God, and that is the kind of preachers we need today.
Yes, John was a prophet, but he was more than a prophet, for both Isaiah and Malachi prophesied of the ministry of John that he would enter the land just before the Messiah, preparing the hearts of the people to meet the Messiah, and now it is the job of preachers and the church today to prepare people to meet the Messiah at the Judgment.