There is a distinction between the different “ages” of the Bible. John was the last of the Prophets in the Jewish Age. At Jesus’s first advent, that period of special favor to Israel was closing. The Apostles and other followers of Jesus, on the contrary, belonged to the Gospel Age, which Jesus was inaugurating. Hebrews 10:20 NIV, “…a new and living way opened for us through…his (Jesus's) body”.
The Gospel call is a call to participate in the Kingdom of God–Messiah's Kingdom. Our Lord Jesus Christ is to be the Great King of the World during that Millennial Age. The Heavenly Father is presently selecting a “little flock” to be our Lord’s associates uplifting and blessing the world of mankind.
The first ones to enter this new and living way received the holy Spirit at Pentecost. Since then, all who consecrate and are begotten of the holy Spirit also travel the living way of following in Jesus’s sacrificial footsteps. If faithful through the trials and testings of the present life, these shall be “kings and priests unto God” and shall reign with Jesus a thousand years for the uplifting and blessing of mankind. (Revelation1:6; Revelation 20:4.)
The least one in Christ’s body will have a higher station than John the Baptist or any of the Prophets of the Jewish Age. In the resurrection, all faithful Christians will be spirit beings in heaven. John the Baptist, with all the faithful of the past, will also have great blessings, yet, they will be resurrected on the earth.
Isaiah 1:26 NIV, “I will restore your leaders (faithful prophets) as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.” The faithful in past ages will be restored with blessings to human perfection. Acts 3:21 NASB, “ (Jesus) whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”