Mt. 3:1-12; Mk. 1:1-8; Lk. 3:1-18; Jn. 1:19-28
At about the time Jesus became thirty years old, John the Baptist began preaching in the wilderness of Judea between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. John’s ministry was prophesied by Isaiah many years earlier. He preached a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. His message was, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
John was an outdoorsman. His clothing was made of camel’s hair and he wore a leather belt around his waist. His diet consisted of locusts and wild honey—and he was a fiery preacher. He called sinners children of snakes and admonished them to show by their deeds, whether they had repented of their sins.