The Books of the Bible New Testament for Kids - Page 6
Day 1 • Luke-Ac ts, part 1 11
Then God w
ould forgive them. Here is what is written in the book
of Isaiah the prophet. It says,
“A messenger is calling out in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
Make straight paths for him.
Every valley will be filled in.
Every mountain and hill will be made level.
The crooked roads will become straight.
The rough ways will become smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’ ”
John s poke to the crowds coming to be baptized by him. He said,
“You are like a nest of poisonous snakes! Who w
arned you to es
cape the coming of God’s anger? Live in a way that s hows you have
turned away from your sins. And don’t start saying to yourselves,
‘Abraham is our father.’ I tell you, God can r aise up children for
Abraham even from t hese stones. The ax is already lying at the
roots of the t rees. All the t rees that d
on’t produce good f ruit will
be cut down. They will be thrown into the fire.”
“Then what should we do?” the c rowd asked.
John answered, “Anyone who has extra c lothes s hould s hare
with the one who has none. And anyone who has extra food
should do the same.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked,
“what s hould we do?”
“Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” John told
Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
John replied, “Don’t force people to give you money. D
false charges a gainst people. Be happy with your pay.”
The people were waiting. They were expecting something. They
were all wondering in their h
earts if John m
ight be the Messiah.
John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is
more powerful than I am will come. I’m not good e nough to untie
the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
and fire. His pitchfork is in his hand to toss the straw away from
his threshing f loor. He will gather the wheat into his barn. But he