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Mary, the mother of Jesus was a relative of Elizabeth, the mother of John.
After the angel appeared to Mary telling her of the coming of Jesus, she went
to see Elizabeth and learned that she, too, was expecting a child. Now
Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah were advanced in years and their child was
a very special child. He had been chosen by God for a special mission. That
mission was to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming Messiah. The
prophet Isaiah spoke of John as "the voice of one crying in the wilderness"
telling the people to get ready for the coming of Jesus. John told them that
Jesus would be greater and mightier than he, and that he was not worthy to
loosen the straps or even carry the sandals of the Lord. He was dressed in
clothes made of camel's hair and had a leather belt around his waist. He lived
in the desert and ate locusts and wild honey. He went through all the country
around the Jordan preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of
sins. Crowds of people came confessing their sins and he baptized them in the
Jordan River. He told them that they must live right. They asked him what they
should do. He said that if they had two coats, they should share with a person
who did not have a coat, and if they had food, they should share with those
who did not. The tax collectors asked what they should do, and he told them to
be honest in their collection of taxes and to not collect more than they were
required to. The soldiers asked what they should do, and he told them to not
take money from people illegally, to always tell the truth and not falsely
accuse people. They were to be content with their pay and not grumble about
it. John always spoke the truth, even when people didn't want to hear it. He
fearlessly confronted King Herod with the evil things he had done. Eventually,
this stand for the truth cost John his life.