Saint John the Baptist was a prophet that died a martyr. He was the son of Zechariah and cousin to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was just 32 years of age when he withdrew into the desert to pray and preach. He is best known for baptizing Jesus and is the patron saint of baptism, conversion and monastic life. In art, he is usually portrayed holding a lamb, which represents the lamb of God, or Jesus. The Jeweled Cross cheap St. John the baptist statue depicts the saint holding a staff that ends in a cross.