In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Matthew 3; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3; John 1:15-34… we see the introduction of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus.

–  Prophecy…  God’s message did not come to any of the “great leaders” of that day.  It came to John the Baptizer, the last of God’s great prophets.    John’s ministry was foretold by the prophet, Isaiah.  John was a prophet who was a fulfillment of prophecy… paving the way for the ultimate fulfillment of prophecy!

–  Ministry…  John was privileged to prepare the nation for the Messiah, and then present Him to them.  John preached against sin and told the people to repent.  He gave specific instructions to his followers as to how to put their faith into practice.

–  Mystery…  The Son of God is baptized (even though He’d never sinned).  The Spirit of God alit on Him in the form of a peaceful dove.  The Father spoke His approval from Heaven.  All of the Trinity was represented… just as it is in your salvation.

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