Jesus and John The Baptist
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What Came Before
Suddenly the news went through all the land of Israel that a prophet had risen up and was giving to the people the word of the Lord. It was more than four hundred years since God had sent a prophet to his people, and when it was known that again a man was speaking what God had told him, and not what he had learned by studying the old writings, a thrill went through the hearts of all the people. From all parts of the land, out of cities and villages, people poured forth to the wild region beside the river Jordan, where the new prophet was preaching the word of the Lord.
The people came to hear his words, and when they asked him, What shall we do? John said to them, "He that has two coats, let him give to him that has none. And he that has food, more than he needs, let him give to him that is hungry." The men who gathered the taxes, and were called publicans, asked of John, Master, what shall we do? And John answered them, "Do not cheat the people, nor rob them, nor take more money than the law tells you to take from them." And when the soldiers came to him, he said to them, "Do not harm any one, nor bring false charges against any, and be content with the wages that are paid to you."
There came to John some people who were called Pharisees. These men made a great show of being good, and of worshipping often, and of keeping the law of Moses. But in their hearts they were evil, and their goodness was not real. John said to these men when he saw them, "Oh you brood of vipers! Who has told you to escape from the wrath of God that is soon to come? Turn from your sins to God, and do right. And do not say to yourselves, "Abraham is our father", for God is able out of these stones to raise up children to Abraham."
When men who heard the words of John wished to give themselves up to serve God and to do his will, John baptized them in the river Jordan, as a sign that their sins were washed away. And because of this he was called "John the Baptist." Some of the people began to ask, "Is not this man the Christ whom God promised long ago to send to rule over the people?"
John heard this, and said, "I baptize you with water, but there is one coming after me who is greater than I. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He is so high above me that I am not worthy even to stoop down and untie the strings of his shoes. This mighty one who is coming shall sift out the wheat from the chaff among the people. The wheat he will gather into his garner, but the chaff he will burn up with fire that no man can put out."
Nearly all the people in the land came to hear John in the wilderness, and were baptized by him. Among the last who came was Jesus, the young carpenter from Nazareth. When John saw Jesus something within told John that here was one greater and holier than himself. He said to Jesus, "I have need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?" Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for it is fitting that I should do all things that are right."
Then John baptized Jesus, as he had baptized others. And as Jesus came up out of the water, and was praying, John saw above the head of Jesus the heavens opening, and the Holy Spirit coming down like a dove and lighting upon him. And John heard from heaven a voice saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And then John knew and told to others that this was the Sod of God, the Christ whom God had promised to send to the people.