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Before He came to public attention, John had previously proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
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Then as John was completing his life work, he said, 'Who do you think I am? I am not the One. But look! Someone is coming after me, and I am not worthy to untie the sandals on His feet.'
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In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea
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and saying, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!"
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For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!"
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John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
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Then [people from] Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him,
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and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
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When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
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Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.
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And don't presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!
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Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
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"I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
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His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out."
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Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.
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But John tried to stop Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?"
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Jesus answered him, "Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him [to be baptized].
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After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him.
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And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!
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The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
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A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!"
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John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
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The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
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John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
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He was preaching: "Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.
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I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
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In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
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during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God's word came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
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He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
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as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!
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Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low; the crooked will become straight, the rough ways smooth,
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and everyone will see the salvation of God."
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He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
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Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don't start saying to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!
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Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
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"What then should we do?" the crowds were asking him.
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He replied to them, "The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same."
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Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?"
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He told them, "Don't collect any more than what you have been authorized."
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Some soldiers also questioned him: "What should we do?" He said to them, "Don't take money from anyone by force or false accusation; be satisfied with your wages."
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Now the people were waiting expectantly, and all of them were debating in their minds whether John might be the Messiah.
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John answered them all, "I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
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His winnowing shovel is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn up with a fire that never goes out."
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Then, along with many other exhortations, he proclaimed good news to the people.
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All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
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The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
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This is the One I told you about: 'After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'
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I didn't know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel."
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And John testified, "I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him.
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I didn't know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on-- He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
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I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!"
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Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples.
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When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look! The Lamb of God!"
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The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus.
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When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, "What are you looking for?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"
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"Come and you'll see," He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning.
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Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him.
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He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which means "Anointed One"),
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and he brought [Simon] to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which means "Rock").
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The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, "Follow Me!"
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Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.
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Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!"
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"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him. "Come and see," Philip answered.
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Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, "Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him."
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"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you," Jesus answered.
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"Rabbi," Nathanael replied, "You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
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Jesus responded to him, "Do you believe [only] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this."
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Then He said, "I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
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until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.
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After He had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
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And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them.
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You also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
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how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.