The Preaching of John the Baptist
(Mark 1.1-8; Luke 3.1-9,15-17; John 1.19-28)
1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2#Dan 2.44; Matt 4.17; Mark 1.15. and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3#Isa 40.3. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying,
The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
4 # 2 Kgs 1.8. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 # Matt 12.34; 23.33. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9#John 8.33. and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10#Matt 7.19. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
The Baptism of Jesus
(Mark 1.9-11; Luke 3.21,22)
13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17#Isa 42.1; Matt 12.18; 17.5; Mark 9.7; Luke 9.35. and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.