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The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
John appeared very strange to these people. Not only did he look like a little crazy, but he was preaching a baptism of forgiveness, a concept they were unfamiliar with. Yet they were moved to listen to him and be baptized. Something in them felt that what he was saying was right and good and they wanted to be a part of it. How do you feel when you hear the word of God? That it is good and true or something to run from? Seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit and you will be abundantly blessed.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us a very special gift when you gave us your Son Jesus. He taught us how to receive and use the power of the Holy Spirit and I praise your holy name for that beautiful gift, Amen!
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.