The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.1
It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"2--
"a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "3
And so John4 came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance5 for the forgiveness of sins.6
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