“There was a man
Sent from God.
His name was John.”
Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος, ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ Θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάνης
John said that there was a man (Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος,) sent (ἀπεσταλμένος) from God (παρὰ Θεοῦ), whose name was John (ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάνης). He was not called the Baptist or Baptizer here. In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1:5-24 and 1:57-80, this John was the son of Elizabeth and Zacharias, a cousin of Jesus. Jesus and John also met up again at the beginning of the Jesus ministry at the baptism of Jesus, an incident that can be found in all four canonical gospels. This John brought the role of the Hebrew prophets to a close, as an important Jewish prophet who emphasized the importance of a baptism of repentance. His influence in the gospel stories and the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 19:1-7, can be seen in that he had also had disciples who followed him. Clearly, this was a reverential look at John, since this prologue said that he was sent from God, not some ordinary Jewish preacher. In the Acts of the Apostles, there are a couple of other disciples named John, as well as this gospel. Do you know a lot of people named John?