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John the Baptist

Matthew 3:1-17
John preaches in the wilderness but does not think he is worthy to baptise Jesus.
Contributed by Marian van der Kruijt
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John the Baptist began preaching out in the wilderness of Judea. – Slide 1
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He told everyone, ‘Turn from your sins … turn to God … for the Kingdom of Heaven is coming soon.’ – Slide 2
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Many years before, God had told the prophet Isaiah that He would send a special messenger to prepare the way for Jesus. John was the man that God sent to do this. – Slide 3
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John’s clothes were made from camel’s hair and he wore a leather belt. His food was locusts and wild honey. – Slide 4
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People from Jerusalem and all around Judea went to the wilderness to hear John preach. – Slide 5
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When they confessed their sins, John baptised them in the River Jordan. – Slide 6
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When John saw the religious leaders, who did not obey God, listening to him, he spoke against them. – Slide 7
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‘You sons of snakes!’ he warned. ‘Who said that you could escape God’s punishment? – Slide 8
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‘Before being baptised, prove that you have turned from doing bad things by doing good deeds. – Slide 9
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‘Don’t think that because you are Jews God will not punish you. God can turn these stones here into Jews if He wanted. – Slide 10
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‘Every tree that has bad fruit is chopped down. And God has to punish those who do bad things. – Slide 11
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‘I baptise those who turn away from their disobedience. But God is sending someone else who is far greater than I am. – Slide 12
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‘This person is so great I am not worthy to untie and carry His shoes!’ – Slide 13
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John, of course, was speaking about Jesus. He said, ‘This Person will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. – Slide 14
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‘He will separate the chaff from the grain, burning the chaff with never-ending fire and storing the grain.’ – Slide 15
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Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptised by John. – Slide 16
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John didn’t want to do this. ‘This isn’t proper,’ he said. ‘I am the one who needs to be baptised by you.’ – Slide 17
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But Jesus said, ‘Please do it, for I must do everything that is right.’ So John baptised Jesus. – Slide 18
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As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God coming down looking like a dove. A voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, and I am wonderfully pleased with Him.’ – Slide 19
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