Here is what Jesus said about John, the Baptist:-
Matt11.v7 As John’s disciples were leaving; Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’[c]
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the Royal Kingdom of God and not of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,[d] and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
The root of the word Disciple is from the word discipline and you discipline the once-born children through teaching those Scriptures, the Moral Laws or the Letters made by men and the transgression against the moral laws being sin is also forgiven by those men, who taught them, the Rabbis.
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 And no one puts a piece of unsprung cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."
So, Jesus had no once-born Disciples but the twice-born of Spirit Labourers. Once-born Simon nick-named by Jesus as Peter, a Stone, as He could not understand Gospel. Once Christ Jesus gave him the Taste of Gospel when He told Jesus that you are the Christ of Living God but He became arrogant and started to rebuke the One Who appreciated Gospel in Him. No one can have Gospel without the grace of our Father. So, you cannot blame a person for not understanding Gospel and those who proclaim that Gospel is for everyone are hypocrite Anti-Christs.
Word of God also called Logos because it is derived through logical reasoning appears when the Rabbis become hypocrites. Hypocrisy or blasphemy is transgression against the Holy Spirit and as it is committed by the twice-born people of evil spirit, it is not forgivable. Further, hypocrisy is not understood by the once-born people who are spell-bound by their Rabbis as today, the Jewish people would not do anything on a Sabbath as their Rabbis have told them to attend the Synagogues. Now, six days you are supposed to work for your own stomach whilst on the Seventh Day devoted to God, you are supposed to perform philanthropic work for the needy. That is why Jesus was doing Philanthropic Works of God on Sabbath according to their Rabbis but as they were dry of the merciful spirit of God, they objected to Jesus performing such acts on a Sabbath or as my Brother Dingham puts it Jesus made them whole and made the blind to see whilst the Blind Rabbis wanted the blind Disciples to rule over them. Thus, the Blind Rabbis hated the enlightened Disciples and to create utter Darkness, Matt.12v43-45, these crook Rabbis entered the Church of God, a House found much in order and clean and along with them they bring in seven evil spirit, the deacons, to bind the Disciples tighter than the Temple High Priest did. That is why Light came among His Own Chosen People but they preferred Darkness to Light killing the Apostles of Christ Jesus. They were happy killing people in the name of Christ Jesus by addressing Jesus as a Lord as if He came to enslave the people. So, Jesus is not the Lord but our anointed Elder Brother who brought down our Father into His own House, the Temple of God so that you can worship Him in your own House in truth and in spirit. In truth, as Christ Peter killed the two liars Ananias and Saphira and in spirit, what is inside you, you tell to others in the manner of the little children. That is the Way to worship our Father and enjoy His Royal Kingdom within your own heart.
So, John, the Baptist led people to perform works befitting our Noble Adam Father in flesh that leads to the next re-birth called re-incarnation whilst Christ Jesus came to re-unite our souls with our Father in Spirit, God, for permanent Rest called Re-surrection as demonstrated in Lazarus to everyone but His own resurrection was seen by only those who believed in Him.