This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Matthew 3:1-17, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.
Once upon a time, there was a man named John the Baptist. He lived in the wilderness and preached to the people of Judea, telling them to turn away from their sins because the kingdom of heaven was coming.
John was wearing a garment made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey for his food. Many people from Jerusalem, Judea, and the region of the Jordan came to John and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
One day, some of the Pharisees and Sadducees came to John for baptism. John knew that they were not sincere and called them “a brood of vipers.” He told them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
John baptized people with water, but he said that someone much greater than him was coming. He said that this person would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. He warned that this person would separate the good from the bad, just like a farmer separates wheat from chaff.
Then, Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. John was surprised and didn’t want to baptize Jesus. He told him, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus told him that it was necessary for them to fulfill all righteousness.
So John baptized Jesus, and when Jesus came up from the water, the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
- John the Baptist was a prophet who prepared the way for Jesus Christ.
- John the Baptist’s message of repentance reminds us that we all need to turn away from our sins and seek forgiveness from God.
- John’s humility and willingness to point people to Jesus is an example for us to follow. We should always seek to glorify God and lead others to Him.
- The voice from heaven at Jesus’ baptism shows us that God is pleased with Jesus and approves of His mission. This should give us confidence in Jesus as our Savior and Lord.