In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:1-6 ESV)
Hymn ELH 106: 1,3,4 On Jordan’s Bank the Herald’s Cry
On Jordan’s bank the herald’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings.
For Thou art our Salvation, Lord,
Our Refuge and our great Reward;
Without Thy grace we waste away,
Like flowers that wither and decay.
To heal the sick stretch out Thine hand
And bid the fallen sinner stand;
Once more upon thy people shine
And fill the world with love divine.
Heavenly Father, help me to remember the first coming of Jesus with great joy and prepare my heart to meet Him when He returns to take His children to be with Him in Heaven. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.