John prepares the way for Jesus

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John the Baptist was the forerunner to Christ's ministry. His task was to prepare the hearts of Jews in Palestine to receive Jesus as the Messiah. John baptized people in the Jordan River.

Monday - The ministry of John the Baptist. Satan tempts Jesus.

Luke 3:1-23, Luke 4:1-13

Tuesday - John's testimony. Three important firsts.

John 1:19-34, John 1:35-2:25

Wednesday - Nicodemus meets Jesus. John's disciples ask about Jesus.

John 3:1-21, John 3:22-36

Thursday - Jesus converts Samaritans after John's imprisonment.

John 4:1-54

Friday - Jesus calls 4 fishermen and heals many in Capernaum.

Mark 1:14-39

Eyewitness: John the Baptist

John the Baptist was born a few months before Jesus. John and Jesus were related through their mothers. The Holy Spirit indwelt John while he was in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15, 41).

Isaiah prophesied John's coming 700 years before his birth. John the Baptist was sent to prepare the hearts of the Jews to receive Jesus (Isaiah 40:3). John preached and baptized near the Jordan River. His audience included tax collectors, soldiers, religious leaders, and even governing officials. Like Jesus, John had disciples. Andrew was first a disciple of John (John 1:35-40).

Herod Antipas, the governor of Galilee, imprisoned John for speaking against his adulterous marriage. Herod's wife was instrumental in the death of John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-12).

Did you know?

Capernaum was a fishing village on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus moved there after he was rejected in Nazareth. Jesus performed many miracles and taught in the synagogue at Capernaum. Jesus may have stayed at Peter's house there.

Baptism was not new in John's day. First century Jews baptized "proselytes," Gentiles who they considered unclean. John’s baptism wasn’t to proselyte. John's was a baptism of repentance (Acts 19:4) where people confessed their sins (Matthew 3:6).

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