I had to think about this question for a few days before I could answer, and it occurred to me eventually why I was struggling to respond: not only in time, order, and the universe, but also in order of appearance in my own life, Jesus came before John. Jesus is the first holy person I remember learning about in my family, as a very small child, and he was spoken of as the Son of God. My earliest Bible-story memories are from pictures of Jesus with the little children gathered around him (from my Children’s Bible, which I still have), the Garden of Eden, and Noah’s Ark. As with many or even most children brought up with stories of Jesus who lived and died for us, it never occurred to me that belief was a question, or a choice; that came much later. So, Jesus I believed in early on. It was only later that I learned about John and his significance, in a way that stayed with me. That said, I love John and I especially love that he was Jesus’ cousin and that they loved each other from childhood. I cannot say that John “led” me to worship Jesus, as things unfolded in my own life; but I can imagine if I were living in the time of John and knew what manner of man he was, such words coming from him about Jesus would have no doubt made a deep impression. One thing that has left an indelible impression on me is the story of Jesus’ baptism, when John witnesses the dove fly down from Heaven and hears God saying, “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased” … but of course, some of the crowd gathered at the river could only hear thunder. That story gives me chills.