The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:a Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. b3
A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!" c4
John came baptizingd in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentancee for the forgiveness of sins.
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.
John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
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.
I have baptized you withf water, but He will baptize you withg the Holy Spirit."
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven: You are My beloved Son;h I take delight in You!ij