Intro: John the Baptist, both family and follower of Jesus, but also the one that prepared the way for him to come.
I. The Writings
Anchor verse: Mark 1:2-3 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way" --"a voice of one calling in the desert, `Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "
Isaiah the prophet spoke about John preparing the way for Jesus.
II. The Witness
Anchor verse: Mark 1:4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
John was a witness to not only the other people about Jesus, but also a witness to the very life of Jesus.
III. The Water
Anchor verse: Mark 1:5b they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
John baptized with water because this was a sign of repentance.