I have been focusing some attention on John the Baptist lately. His notoriety in Jesus' day seems to be greatly minimized. As some may know, there is still a following of John the Baptist today known as the Mandaeans. they live in Southern Iraq and still revere John as their leader and practice ritual bathing and baptism. Sometimes I wonder if John and Jesus were almost as a team since they preached a very similar message. Baptism, repentance and the coming kingdom of god. And at times it even seems that Jesus' preaching picked up momentum after John's imprisonment and culminated after his death. Mark 1:5 it says the whole judean country side and all of Jerusaem went to him to hear his message and be baptised. Jesus even went to him. John even had a following in Ephesus, Acts 19:3, they had knowledge of John's teaching only. This was some time after Christs death and is considerably far from Judea. His teaching was still growing years after preaching and the crucifiction of Jesus. John had disciples and taught them how to pray. Luke 11:1 Jesus taught his disciples to pray as John did. I wonder what John did with his disciples besides prayer and baptism. Traveled preaching the kingdom perhaps? How did his message reach Ephesus? Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:4 After hearing of John's imprisonment Jesus began to preach the kingdom. Did he take over for John? I'm still looking for evidence in the gospels but it appears that Jesus began to speak of his suffering many things after he heard of the death of John. Although this I'm not sure of.