October 25, 2020

John the Baptizer

Passage: Matthew 3:1-12

Jesus is the messiah, the son of Abraham and the son of David, and the new king of Israel. God protected Him from Herod, sent Him with Joseph and Mary to Egypt, and settled them in Galilee. Now about 30 years later in 26 or 27 A.D., Jesus’ cousin, John the prophet and baptizer, announces His kingdom. Jesus would later say of about John, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt. 11:11). With courage and wisdom John calls Israel to repent of their sins, bear fruit, and know the Christ.

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