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February 24    Scripture

New Testament: John The Baptist Appears
"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Matthew 3:1-2 "Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness." Luke 3:1-2

John Appears Preaching in the Wilderness John the Baptist was born about 5 BC, and now about 26 A.D. about the age of 30 he appears in the wilderness of Judea. He was preaching to everyone that they should repent and turn from wickedness and prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah. His message was a cry for repentance, that the time was at hand for people to prepare for the coming of the King.
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John`s Appearance John stood wearing a camel`s hair garment with a leather girdle about his loins, similar to the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament. John had nothing whatsoever to do with the kingdom of this world and the worldly pleasures around him, his only focus was on the kingdom of heaven and the very King who was about to appear. He had nothing to do with wealth or eloquent soft clothing or elaborate meals. His food was the food of the poorest in the land, he ate locusts which were gathered in the desert, and wild honey which was scooped out of the hollow part of trees. He never cut his hair and never drank wine. Water was only drink. He was completely devoted to his task.
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John`s Baptism of Repentance The baptism of John was different than the baptism of Jesus. People came to the Jordan River where John was preaching, and they were baptized with water as they confessed their sins, in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. John`s message was to repent and do good for the kingdom of heaven was at hand.
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John`s Message About the Holy Spirit John had a very special calling as the messenger of the Messiah. He was given understanding by God about the Messiah, and he knew something that most people didn`t understand, that the Holy Spirit would be given to all who believe, and their bodies would become the new Temple of God. John said:
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John`s Response to the Priests and Levites "And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing." - John 1:19-28
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John`s Response to the Priests and Levites "And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe`s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing." - John 1:19-28
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John`s Treatment of the Pharisees and Sadducees When John saw the religious leaders, the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism he denounced them without hesitation...
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People Came from All Around The people came from all around to hear John`s message, confess their sins and get baptized. The Bible says they came from Jerusalem, Judaea, and the region of the Jordan.
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Prophecies About John the Baptist The prophecies in the Old Testament were very familiar to John. The Scriptures foretold that the Messiah would be the Lord Himself, the glorious King, and he would come to lay down his life for his friends. The forerunner or messenger was actually a Herald who would run ahead and prepare everyone for the King`s arrival. The main Prophecies about this messenger can be found in Isaiah 40:3-5 and Malachi 3:1.
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