TEXT: Matthew 3:1-4
John the Baptist was an oddity in his day. While he preached a strict message of righteous living in the vein of the Old Testament prophets, he was not fully accepted by the religious Jewish establishment. And while he became a popular attraction among the common people, he did not fit the image of the charismatic, political prophet that they expected. John, standing as a bridge between the Old Testament and the New, occupied a space all his own. And his unique placement in Scripture carries a message that is pertinent to us today, particularly as it pertains to how the people of God ought to interact with the culture.