This digital art print of Saint John the Baptist is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, weddings, or Christmas.
St. John the Baptist is best known for his close relationship to Jesus Christ. Not only was John Jesus’ baptizer, but he was also his cousin!
John was born to Zachariah and Elizabeth, the Virgin Mary’s cousin. Elizabeth was advanced in age and did not expect to have any children, but by God’s intercession, John was conceived. Zachariah, Elizabeth’s husband, was skeptical after the news of the pregnancy was delivered by the Angel Gabriel, so he was made mute until the baby was born and named John, fulfilling God’s will.
Most people know the story of the Visitation, celebrated at the end of May, when Mary went to visit her older cousin Elizabeth, and the baby John leapt in Elizabeth’s womb--revealing to Elizabeth that the child Mary carried was to be the Son of God.
Not much is known about John until adulthood when he began his public ministry. Jesus eventually came to John for baptism, and it is said that John said to his cousin, “It is I who need baptism from you.” When John went ahead with Jesus’ baptism at Jesus’ request, the heavens opened up and God spoke, saying “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
After this, John’s popularity increased until he came under the attention of King Herod. John criticized Herod’s marriage to his brother’s ex-wife, but Herod was hesitant to condemn John because he knew him to be a holy man. At about the same time, Herod promised to fulfill a wish of his daughter’s. His daughter consulted with her mother, Herod’s current wife and the ex-wife of Herod’s brother. Angry with John because of his criticism of her, Herod’s wife suggested to her daughter that she request the head of John the Baptist, which she then did.
Caught between his fear of condemning John and pleasing his wife and daughter, Herod ordered John to be decapitated and for John’s head to be brought to his daughter on a silver platter. John’s body was brought by his disciples to be buried in a tomb, in a kind of foreshadowing of what would happen to his cousin Jesus a few years later.
St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of many cities and countries, including Jordan, Puerto Rico, Florence, Perth, Xewkija, and Turin.