Matthew 3:1-2, 13-17
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”
5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6 and they were baptized by him in the riverJordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, hesaid to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘Wehave Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise upchildren for Abraham. 10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every treetherefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me ismightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with theHoly Spirit and fire.
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us tofulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”