Mark’s Gospel opens like a movie, with a strange character stepping into frame. He wore strange clothes, preached a strange message in a strange place—and the entire Judean countryside was transfixed. Alistair Begg raises an intriguing question: Could John the Baptist’s strangeness have increased his impact? It wasn’t his clothes and diet that set him apart. Rather, the “strangeness” of John was directly connected to his role as a herald, announcing the arrival of the coming Messiah through the preaching of God’s Word.