John baptized preaching, “Sinners, repent”
In preparation of Him whom God had sent
When asked, “What now, what should we do?”
John answered those baptized, “Live life anew.”
"Give to the poor your clothing and food
Share from your blessings--never be rude"
A splash, an immersion for changing of ways
To ready each heart to sing out with praise
"Don’t overtax, collect whatever’s appointed
Greed is offensive to Him, the anointed
Soldiers, don’t intimidate nor falsely accuse
Be content with your wages and never abuse"
John’s ministry pointed people to Christ
“Go, bear good fruit--or else pay the price”
In gentle splashes repentance occurred
John paved the way for Jesus, the Word
When Jesus approached the crowd by the shore
He asked to be baptized, though no sin He bore
From the splash of the Jordan Jesus emerged
While a dove descended, God’s voice was heard
He proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son,
I am well pleased with Him” -- together they’re one
John baptized with water, but then Jesus came
With the Spirit and fire, His children were claimed
Based on Bible references: Mark 3:10-14, Matthew 3:17 (NKJV)
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