"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Paints the picture of God's promises for Christmas--from the beginning of time and to all of eternity.
Go on a journey . . . from the promise of the Messiah given to us in the Old Testament . . . to the promise of Jesus' birth in the New Testament . . . to the promise of Jesus' life and our salvation . . . to the promise of His resurrection and our eternal life.
This unique Christmas book contains Scripture followed by brief writings that will take readers on a voyage as they explore God's prophecies and promises for Christmas--prophecies and promises that began centuries ago. Readers will be transported through the miracles of God's promises from Genesis throughout eternity and that Jesus would come to fulfill those promises. More than a simple story, "The Hope of Christmas" reveals the broad and miraculous scope of Christ's birth in the manger and the continual gift of His love, joy, peace, grace, comfort, and much more--all within our grasp because of our one true hope, Jesus Christ. "The Hope of Christmas "is Jesus' gift foretold from the beginning of time, offering salvation and a life in Him for those who believe.