“Thus stood John, day by day, baptising and preaching in the desert. The heat of the sun and the bitterness of the cold; the draught of the sand and the hardness of the rocks; the idleness of the water and the emptiness of the sky – they surrounded him. He knew: Nature has died, the earth is dead, mankind is deserted. Of himself though, he knew: “I am the voice of one crying in the solitude, prepare ye the way of the Lord”.
Thus he stood there; mighty to behold, with strong shoulders, long and falling hair, testifying hands, heavy steps. His voice was like storm, his eyes shone like sun and moon, his face carried the light of the day and the darkness of the night. His Jaws were as of rocks and his knees like mountains. In his hair, that grew like reed and grass, sprouted flowers and blossoms. Birds nested in the hollows of his shoulders and his skin was wrinkled like the bark of the cedars, which stood on the Lebanon.
When he walked over the earth, then the deep grounds thundered; when he spoke his words, the lightnings flash past him. His garment was like the clouds and when he preached then rain streamed and hail poured down from it. Dewdrops hung on the tips of each of his fingers and streams of life ran, wherever he laid his hands. The red of dawn was around him when he smiled and the glow of dusk when he was filled with sorrow. If he stepped into the water to baptise, fish would swim towards him. The lions laid themselves around him in the evening, when he slept, and the eagles circled about his sleep.
The world was dead. In him, though, Nature awoke to life. It shone and sounded in him, had its day and its night in him. In him Nature had become Man. He was the wind and the cloud, the tree and the grass, light and darkness, light and darkness, colour and sound, future and past. The world was dead, but he was living: he lived in waiting, in sacrificing, in believing, until the One came, to Whom he could say: “Behold, This is the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sins of the world”
(Karl Konig, An Image of John)