forerunner

forerunner (From Gk., “one who goes before”)

In antiquity a military term for soldiers who ran ahead of the regular army either to announce (herald) or to prepare for (scout) its arrival (cf. Wis 12:8). (Heb 6:20) refers to Jesus entering the Holy of Holies as forerunner, thereby preparing for the access of others to God’s presence. John the Baptist serves as forerunner (although the term itself is not used) to Jesus by announcing and preparing for God’s kingdom (Matt 3:1-12; Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2-8; Luke 3:1-18; Luke 7:27; John 1:6-8; John 19-34:6; Isa 40:3-11; Mal 3:1).

Wis 12:8

8But even these you spared, since they were but mortals,
and sent wasps as forerunners of your army
to destroy them little by little,

Heb 6:20

20where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Matt 3:1-12

The Proclamation of John the Baptist
1In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has co ... View more

Matt 11:10

10This is the one about whom it is written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’

Mark 1:2-8

2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ... View more

Luke 3:1-18

The Proclamation of John the Baptist
1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of ... View more

Luke 7:27

27This is the one about whom it is written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’

John 1:6-8

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.8He himself was not the ... View more

John 19-34:6

1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.2And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe.3They kept co ... View more

Isa 40:3-11

3A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.4Every valley shall be lifted up,
and ever ... View more

Mal 3:1

The Coming Messenger
1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of ... View more

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