John the Baptist is old school. His clothes are decades out of style, hearkening back to Elijah’s treads. His food is rudimentary. His stump speech has been done before. John the Baptist goes old school because he makes the people realize they are in need of something different. Yet what is coming is so different many of them will miss it all together.
John’s message is one of confession and repentance because we need to look into our own personal past before we realize we need to be saved from ourselves. Like a lineman who carves a path through the defense in order for the running back to make a solid gain. John the Baptist comes out pointing. Pointing us back and pointing us to what is to come.