“This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” John 1:19
John the Baptist came to announce a transitional period in the history of the world. John the Baptist came telling us “The object of all prophecy, the purpose of the Mosaic law, the end of all sacrifices, the desire of all nations, is at hand.” The True Shepherd, who stood at the door waiting to be admitted as John the Baptist opened the door and bowed low so that Jesus Christ could made His presence known. John the Baptist stood in the wilderness crying, “This is He of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth is here.”
The religious leaders of John the Baptist did not like this transitional period. It meant that they were losing their power and influence. “But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:7-10) Even today we see the same thing happening with some of our religious leaders. They would not have liked what John the Baptist was saying about Jesus Christ.