John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,a the Son of God,b
2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”c
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”d
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.