The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God's Son,
happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah: Look, I am sending my messenger before you. He will prepare your way, 3a voice shouting in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord;make his paths straight."a
John was in the wilderness calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins.
Everyone in Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to the Jordan River and were being baptized by John as they confessed their sins.
John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
He announced, "One stronger than I am is coming after me. I'm not even worthy to bend over and loosen the strap of his sandals.
I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.
While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him.
And there was a voice from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness."
At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness.
He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.