The Prophet John Teaches and Baptizes

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The Prophet John Preaches and Baptizes

Saint John the Forerunner lived in the wilderness.  He wore simple clothes made of camel hair and ate locust and wild honey.  The Lord had a special mission for John:  to make people ready for the coming of the Messiah.  Hundreds of years ago, the prophets wrote that the Forerunner would come to prepare the path for Christ.

God told John to go to the region near the Jordan River and preach repentance (покаяние) for the forgiveness of sins.  Many people came to him to confess their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan.

People asked him what to do.  And he answered them, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” (3:11)  John told the tax collectors not to take more money than they needed.  He told the soldiers not to rob or hurt (обижать) anybody.

Some people, who believed in the prophecies about the coming of the Saviour, thought that John was Christ.  John told them, “I baptize you with water; but He Who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of Whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (3:16)

Saint Prophet John was worthy of baptizing our Lord Jesus Christ.

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