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John the Baptist

John baptises Jesus in the River Jordan.
Contributed by LUMO project
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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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