I. The Beginning of the Gospel and
the Initiation of the Slave-Savior
A. The Beginning of the Gospel --
By the Ministry of the Forerunner
1. As Prophesied
1 The 1beginning of the 2gospel of 3Jesus Christ, 4the aSon of God,
2 1Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: a"Behold, 2I send My 3messenger before 4Your face, who will 5prepare Your way,
3 aA 1voice of one crying in the 2wilderness: 3Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.''
2. Preaching the Baptism of Repentance
4 aJohn 1came baptizing in the 2bwilderness and preaching a 3cbaptism of drepentance 4for eforgiveness of sins.
5 And all the aregion of 1Judea went out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were 2baptized by him in the 3Jordan River, as they bconfessed their sins.
6 And John was 1clothed in camel's ahair and had a leather girdle around his loins, and he ate blocusts and wild choney.
3. Introducing the Slave-Savior
7 And he preached, saying, 1aHe who is stronger than I comes after me, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I have baptized you in 1awater, but He Himself will baptize you in the Holy 1bSpirit.
B. The Initiation of the Slave-Savior
9 And in those days Jesus acame from 1bNazareth of Galilee and was 2baptized 3in the Jordan by John.
10 And 1aimmediately, coming up out of the water, He saw the 2heavens being bparted and the cSpirit as a 3dove descending upon 4Him.
11 And a avoice came out of the heavens: 1You are My Son, the bBeloved; in You I have found My cdelight.
12 And aimmediately the Spirit 1thrust Him out into the bwilderness.
13 And He was in the wilderness 1forty days, being atempted by 2Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the bangels ministered to Him.