by Eric Reeder
John the Baptizer was the last prophet of the Mosiac/Old Covenant. He was said to be the greatest prophet as Jesus said no one born of women prior to The Superior/New Covenant was as great as he (Luke 7:28). He was the one sent to prepare an Old Covenant people for the shift Jesus was bringing. He was calling for a changing in hearts and understanding of how sin was dealt with and what that would create; relationship over law, sonship over servant. I wrote more about that here.
John symbolized what the Law was always meant to do - point beyond itself to the Greater. There had been 400 years of prophetic silence and out of that "darkness", Light would shine and create a new day. John was the picture of what was concluding. He pointed beyond himself and knew his assignment wasn't about him. As great as John was, he was still of the Old Covenant order and his life prophetically told a story as much as his words.
After Jesus emerged from His 40 day time alone with Father, we are told John was in custody. He had been arrested. There is so much to be seen in that. The following verse, Mark 1:15, shows us what John's arrest reveals (I'll share on that verse in my next blog). For now, I'll mention that we are told that Jesus said "the time is fulfilled" right after we're told John is in custody. This lets us know there was something important in the sequence of order. John arrested, then "time fulfilled". John's arrest spoke of the Old Covenant being retained. The Law was arrested as the insufficient covenant and was being held in custody until it would vanish away (the end of John's life would tell the story of the Old Covenant).
The time for Jesus to preach/proclaim/declare the availability of The Kingdom was after the law was retained. The Old Covenant was to be contained to that era of time. Father and Son were setting in a New and Superior Covenant as the Old was being held in custody. John's imprisonment symbolized the Old Covenant being held in custody. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us we are to take every thought captive (prisoner). We are to take every and any thought captive that wants to hold us in an Old Covenant/Mosiac Covenant mindset or paradigm. That order has vanished and been dealt with. As Jesus and John both stated, humanity is to repent/change from that way of relating to Father. We not longer relate as a servant. We relate as a son, bride, friend. The sequence of Mark 1:14 and 1:15 show us how to move into a fulfilled time - arrest Old Covenant mindsets to turn to New Covenant realities so we can live out the fullness of what Jesus did. John's arrest was a prophetic event that we need to learn from and follow. Arrest the old so the new advances.
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