Behold, I will send my mesenger, and he shall prepare
the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall
suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the
covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come,
saith the Lord of hosts.
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the Baptizer This is a true story!
preaching near the Jordan River in the Northern
part of the wilderness of Judea.
people to ďturn from their sinsĒ. The people
needed to stop being selfish, because being
selfish led people to do wrong things like
lying, cheating, stealing, saying bad things
about others, or getting back at people for
making them mad. A person who turns from sin
stops doing bad things and begins to follow
Godís way of doing things.
Isaiah had spoken of
Isaiah wrote that he would be shouting in the
wilderness, and preparing for our Lordís coming.
Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets of the
Old Testament. Like Isaiah,
prophet who urged people to confess their sins
(sins are things that you do that are wrong) and
live for God.
prepare the way for Jesus. He did that by
leading people to get their hearts right with
Many people from all
around the area went to hear him preach and when
they admitted their sins, he baptized them.
Some of the
religious leaders were Pharisees. They were
supposed to be teachers of the law of God.
Pharisees were zealous but self-righteous, and
became the fiercest enemies of Jesus Christ.
John told the religious leaders that if they did
not bear good fruit (that is be good and do good
things) they would be chopped down like a tree
and be thrown into the fire.
He said Jesus was
coming, and John said ďI am not worthy to be
Then Jesus came to
be baptized by John. John didnít want to
baptize Him because he knew Jesus was Godís own
Son and had no sin. But Jesus said they must do
what is right and it was right for Jesus to be
This is one time in
the Bible, when all three persons of God were
made known to the people at one time.
John was very
different from other religious leaders. Other
leaders were interested in winning the praise of
people. John was interested in winning the
praise of God.
different than others and ate different food.
Camelís hair and a leather girdle was the usual dress of
prophets. His diet consisted of locusts and wild
descended, like a dove, after Jesus was baptized and
lighted upon Him?