Clothes That Make the Person: John the Baptist
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. Mark 1:6
In the Old Testament, a Nazirite (from the Hebrew “to vow”) was a person who took a vow of separation unto the Lord—temporarily or permanently. Of the latter category, there were only three named: Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15). It meant being different in many ways—a life wholly dedicated to God.
When John the Baptist’s parents were told by the angel Gabriel that their son would be the forerunner of the Messiah, they knew it meant releasing their son unto God’s calling. When John appeared on the scene as an adult, announcing the coming of Jesus, he was indeed different: dressed in garments made of camel hair and a leather belt, eating locusts and wild honey. By his appearance first, then his words, John stood out in Judea as he proclaimed Jesus.
We are not called to put on camel’s hair garments, but we are called to put on Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27). It is Christ in us that will cause us to be different in this world.
Never is a man . . . rightly clothed till he has put on the Lord Jesus Christ. J. C. Ryle
Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ