John the Baptist was born to the forerunner of Jesus. When he was still in his mother's womb, he danced for joy the moment he sensed the presence of Jesus, thus making his mother aware of our Lord's presence. John the Baptist shows us what a real prophet is like.
John the Baptist gained respect of many people, some even thought he was Messiah. However, he knew very well the purpose of his life, was to ask people to repent, and to make straight the way of the Lord. He did not want to share the glory which belongs to Christ.
True prophets always point to Christ. John the Baptist said: "He must increase; I must decrease." In our society, many people wish to be celebrities. John the Baptist reminds us that as Christians, we should not aspire to be famous, but should strive to be a servant. Our lives should draw people's attention to Christ, not ourselves.