Updated: Aug 3, 2021

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INTRODUCTION. John was sent by God to bear witness of the Light that all might believe through him (John 1:6-7). As John prepared Israel for the coming of the Son of God, he called the people to repentance, preaching the message of baptism for remission of sins (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3).

Jesus came to John to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness (Matt. 3:15). Righteousness is the quality of being right or just; it is the sum total of the requirements of God–" ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness..." (Matt. 6:33). When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove, and the voice of the Father in heaven acknowledged him as his Son. Jesus' Divine nature was revealed in this event.

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Click HERE to download the lesson INSTRUCTIONS. Like the parable of the sower, the parable of the tares is one of the few parables Jesus explained. It is found only in Matthew. Tares are weeds called