John the Baptist stands revealed before us in this gospel passage. He stands as a man of courage. John was a man who preferred death to falsehood. He lived for the truth and he died for the truth. He brought the voice of God to people; he was the conscience of the people. We have to be credible witnesses of God’s truth in this world. It is a challenge for most of us to continue to be God’s ambassadors in this world and in this age.