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John the Baptist

John the Baptist in the wilderness and the baptism of Jesus.
Contributed by LUMO project
John in wilderness of Judea as Isaiah had foretold. ‘A voice of one calling in the wilderness. Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ – Slide 1
His clothes are made of camel hair and he has a leather belt around his waist. His food is locusts and wild honey. – Slide 2
John preaches, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven has come near.’ – Slide 3
People from all over Judea and around the River Jordan go out into the wilderness to hear him preach. – Slide 4
They confess their sins and are baptised by John in the River Jordan. – Slide 5
John 1:19-28 Priests and Levis are sent to question John whether he claims to be Elijah or the Prophet. – Slide 6
John replies that he is not Elijah or the Prophet but the one preparing the way for the Lord as Isaiah had foretold. – Slide 7
John explains he is preparing the way for someone who lives among them. He is not worthy even to untie the straps of this person’s sandals. – Slide 8
John announces that he baptises with water but the One coming after him will baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire. – Slide 9
Luke 3: 7-19 John warns the Pharisees and Sadducees that they must live up to what they say and practise what they preach. – Slide 10
He warns them that God can raise up children from a stone, so claiming that they are descendants of Abraham does not excuse them from putting their lives right with God. – Slide 11
John preaches that trees which do not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. – Slide 12
He tells those who have two tunics to share one with someone who does not have a tunic. And anyone with plenty of food should share it with the hungry. – Slide 13
Tax Collectors coming to repent and be baptised are told they must not collect more money that they should. – Slide 14
Soldiers wanting to repent are told not to extort money or accuse people falsely. – Slide 15
Matthew 3: 13-17, Mark 1: 9-11, Luke 3v21-22, John 1v29-34. The next day John sees Jesus coming towards him and points him out as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – the person for whom has been preparing the way. – Slide 16
When Jesus comes to be baptised, John protests that he should not be baptising Jesus but Jesus should be baptising him. – Slide 17
Jesus insists that John baptises Him as it is what God wants to happen. – Slide 18
As soon as Jesus comes up out of the water the spirit of God descends like a dove on Him. – Slide 19
A voice from heaven announces, ‘You are my Son whom I love. I am very pleased with you.’ – Slide 20
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