The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Child of God.
2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Sovereign,
make the paths straight,’”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5And people from the whole Judean countryside
and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to John,
and were baptized by him in the river Jordan,
confessing their sins.
6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist,
and he ate locusts and wild honey.
“The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;
I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of their sandals.
8I have baptized you with water;
but the one who is coming will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Queeries for the text:
What were the other headlines of the day (in addition to this one about JC)?
What if I don't want a straight path?
What if Hebrew indicated the punctuation more clearly?
What if we paid more attention to confession and repentance?
Why did John where camel's hair and animal's skin?
What were Jesus' sandals made of?
Did Jesus baptize anyone?
Does John know what he's getting into here?
What are your queeries?