The last prophet to show up before the grand entrée of Jesus, John is a wild holy man who preaches vibes of hope to Israel. He is in the River Jordan baptising anyone who is truly sorry for their past misdemeanours, but tells them that the vibes of baptism will be stronger when the Messiah shows up – he is just preparing the way. John is proved right when Jesus comes along and steps aside to see if Jesus really is the one who God has sent.
John gets into hot water when he tells King Herod that he shouldn’t have married his dead brother’s wife – Herod doesn’t like John’s judgmental tone and slaps him in jail. Word comes to John in prison that Jesus really is the Messiah and that the vibes of Old Testament prophecy have been fulfilled. A satisfying, ‘job done’ vibe.
Despite his godly vibes – or because of them – John meets a grisly end. The daughter of Herod’s new wife dances for the king on his birthday and his offer of ‘whatever you want’ as a thank you gift gets taken at face value. Prompted by her mum, the girl asks for John’s head, on a dish. Despite not enjoying the vibe, Herod honours his promise and John is killed.
General vibe of the John the Baptist: Jesus is on his way.
Factvibe: John was vegetarian.