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.
Malachi 5:3

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            John, the Baptizer                                                                        This is a true story!

John the Baptist
did his preaching near the Jordan River in the Northern part of the  wilderness of Judea.
John the Baptist
told the 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
John  when Isaiah wrote that he would be shouting in the wilderness, and preparing for our Lordís coming. (Isaiah 40:3)
Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament.  Like Isaiah,
John  was a prophet who urged people to confess their sins (sins are things that you do that are wrong) and live for God.  John  helped prepare the way for Jesus.  He did that by leading people to get their hearts right with God.

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 His slaveĒ.

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 baptized.

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.

John dressed 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 honey.

What did John The Baptist preach?



Which Old Testament Prophet said that John would shout in the wilderness preparing the way for the Lord?


Where did John The Baptist baptize?

Who came to John to be baptized?


Who descended, like a dove, after Jesus was baptized and lighted upon Him?


Whose voice did Jesus hear from heaven after He was baptized


And God said:

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