Today we begin a new series examining the life of John the Baptist. John was a unique character - some would even refer to him as eccentric, socially awkward or perhaps even strange! Yet, he devoted his life to faithfully fulfill the single purpose to which he was called: to be the messnger for Christ. He knew the only way to true Joy was through Jesus. When John said of Christ, 'He must increase, but I must decrease' , he was sharing the way to find true life.