Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and he will not drink any wine or intoxicating drinks [Note: This restriction suggests that John may have taken the special vow of consecration making him a "Nazarite"]. And he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he is born.
And the child [i.e., Jesus] grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom and God's favor was upon Him.
In those days, John the Immerser went into the desert of Judea preaching [to Jews], saying,
As the messengers [sent by John. See Luke 7:27] went on their way, Jesus began to talk to the crowds about John. [He said], "What did you expect to see when you went out into the desert? A tall stem swaying in the wind?
from Isa. 40:3], "Look, I am sending my messenger on ahead of you. He will prepare the way for you.
And I would not have recognized Him, but I came immersing people in water so that He would become known to the Israelites."