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4John the Baptizer appeared in the desolate areas of the land, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of the sins of submitting to the Romans and to Caesar as their Lord. 5And oppressed people ffrom all the Judean rural area and those who lived in Jerusalem were coming out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing that they had indeed been submitting to the Romans and to Caesar as their Lord.1 6And John was wearing a garment made from the hairy skin of a camel and there was a leather strap around his waist, and he was eating cave crickets and honey from wild bees. 7And John was proclaiming his message, saying, "Someone who is much stronger than I is coming, someone of whom I am not qualified, after I have stooped down, to untie the leather straps of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the power of the Holy Spirit of God."
9And in those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan River by John. 10And immediately as he was coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being split open and the Spirit of God coming down upon him like a dove. 11And there was a voice from the heavens, saying, "You are my beloved Son. I have been very pleased with you."
12And immediately the Spirit cast him out into the desolate area of Judea. 13And he was there for forty days being tempted by "Satan," and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to him.2
1We believe that the Word of God existed already in the beginning. And we believe that already in the beginning the Word of God was proximate, face to face, to God, and that the word of God was God. 2This Word of God was, as we have said, proximate to God, God's way of speaking and acting. 3We believe that by means of the Word of God, all things came into being, and that apart from the Word of God not even one thing came into being. 4We believe that in the Word of God all Life was focused, and this Life was the Light of God for the illumination of all people. 5And the Light of God shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not diminished it.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
1I want you to have a clear understanding, fellow believers, of the gospel that I have proclaimed to you, which also you have received, in which you stand, 2and through which you are saved — for which reason I proclaimed it to you — through which you are saved if you retain it faithfully, if you have not believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you in earlier contacts with you that which I received, that Chrsit died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4that he was buried, and that he was raised from the dead on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6Then he was seen by more than five hundred of our fellow believers at one time, of whom most remain until now, although some have died. 7Then he was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8Last of all, he was seen also by me, by one born, as it were, with a handicap.