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The arrival of John the Baptist ****
John the Baptist talking about Jesus ****
John baptises Jesus ****
Jesus goes to the wilderness ***
Jesus finds his disciples ****
John's disciples question Jesus * **

The death of John the Baptist is described here

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The arrival of John the Baptist

Matthew 3.1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3.2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3.3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 3.4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 3.5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3.6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. 3.7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3.8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 3.9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3.10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Mark 1.1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 1.2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 1.3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 1.4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 1.5 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. 1.6 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;

1577-79 St John the Baptist by El Greco (1541-1614)

Luke 3.1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 3.2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3.3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 3.4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 3.5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 3.6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 3.7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3.8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3.9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 3.10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 3.11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 3.12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 3.13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 3.14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. John 1.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1.2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 1.6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 1.7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 1.8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 1.9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 1.10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1.11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 1.12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1.13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 1.14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 1.15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 1.16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 1.17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 1.18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 1.19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1.20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 1.21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 1.22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 1.23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 1.24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

John the Baptist talking about Jesus

Matthew 3.11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 3.12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Mark 1.7 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. 1.8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. Luke 3.15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 3.16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 3.17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 3.18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. 3.19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 3.20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. John 1.25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 1.26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 1.27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 1.28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 1.29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1.30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 1.31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
1566 The Sermon of St John the Baptist (detail) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-1569)

John baptises Jesus

Matthew 3.13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 3.14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 3.15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 3.16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 3.17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mark 1.9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 1.10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 1.11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Luke 3.21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 3.22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. John 1.32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 1.33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 1.34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
1450 Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca (1420-1492)

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Jesus goes to the wilderness

Matthew 4.1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 4.2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 4.3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4.4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 4.5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 4.6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 4.7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 4.8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4.9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 4.10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 4.11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Mark 1.12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 1.13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Luke 4.1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4.2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 4.3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4.4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 4.5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4.6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 4.7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 4.8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 4.9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 4.10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 4.11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 4.12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 4.13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

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Jesus find his disciples

Matthew 4.12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 4.13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4.14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 4.15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 4.16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 4.17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 4.18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 4.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 4.20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 4.21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 4.22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. Mark 1.14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 1.15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 1.16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 1.17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 1.18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. 1.19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 1.20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. Luke 5.1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 5.2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 5.3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 5.4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5.5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 5.6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 5.7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 5.8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 5.9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 5.10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 5.11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. John 1.35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 1.36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 1.37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 1.38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 1.39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 1.40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 1.41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 1.42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. 1.43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 1.44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1.45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 1.46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 1.47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 1.48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 1.49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 1.50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 1.51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

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John's disciples question Jesus

Matthew 11.1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 11.2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 11.3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 11.4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 11.5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 11.6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 11.7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 11.8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 11.9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 11.10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11.11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 11.12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 11.13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 11.14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 11.15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 11.16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 11.17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 11.18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 11.19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. Luke 7.17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about. 7.18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 7.19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 7.20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 7.21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 7.22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 7.23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. 7.24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 7.25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. 7.26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. 7.27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 7.28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 7.29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. 7.30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. 7.31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 7.32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 7.33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 7.34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 7.35 But wisdom is justified of all her children. John 3.22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 3.23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 3.24 For John was not yet cast into prison. 3.25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 3.26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 3.27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 3.28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 3.29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 3.30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 3.31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 3.32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 3.33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 3.34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 3.35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 3.36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

The death of John the Baptist is described here