John preached what every faithful preacher preaches: Repentance for the forgiveness of sins. If this is what you hear at your church, God be praised!

BibleGateway: Mark 1:1-8

ESV Text: Mark 1:1-8

Mark 1:1–8 (Listen)

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.1

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,2


  “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
    who will prepare your way,
  the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare3 the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God

[2] 1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets

[3] 1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1

     1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 328:
O Jesus, Lamb of God Thou Art

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Jesus, Lamb of God, Thou art 
The Life and Comfort of my heart. 
A sinner poor I come to Thee 
And bring my many sins with me. 

2. O God, my sin indeed is great; 
I groan beneath the dreadful weight. 
Be merciful to me, I pray; 
Take guilt and punishment away. 

3. Saint John the Baptist points to Thee 
And bids me cast my sin on Thee; 
For Thou hast left Thy throne on high 
To suffer for the world and die. 

4. Help me to mend my ways, O Lord, 
And gladly to obey Thy Word. 
While here I live, abide with me; 
And when I die, take me to Thee. 


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