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Matthew Ch 3 V1-12

1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ “[a]

4John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

.  John the Baptist was a prophet who preached the word of God in the Desert of Judea. A desert is very dry, and finding food, water, and people there is usually uncommon. God provided John with food to sustain him, and people even went out of their way to go to the desert to find John the Baptist. God tells us that, no matter where we are called to go, He will always provide for us. Just as the people went out of their way to seek John to confess their sins, we also went to seek God for repentance. (1-6)

. As John rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees, when we see false prophets leading people away from God, we should be ready to let them know that what they are doing is wrong. If those false prophets continue on, in the end they will be cast into hell. (7-9)

.  Before Jesus came to die for the people, men had to constantly make sacrifices to repent for their sins. Since Jesus died so that our sins would be washed forever, whoever believes in Him and repents with all their heart will be made anew with the Holy Spirit. We will spend our eternities in heaven, while the unbelievers will spend their eternity in hell. (11-12)

Bible Verse: The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:10

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