He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.
He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.
But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name:
who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
From his fullness we all received grace upon grace.
For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
John the Baptist's ministry in the wilderness around the Jordan River:
DATE: ca 29 AD as John the Baptist began preaching around the Jordan River:
It was the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar , who was emperor of the Roman Empire between 14-37 AD
Pontius Pilate was governor of the Roman province Judea (Iudaea) between 26-36 AD
Herod Antipas was tetrarch of the Roman province Galilee between 4 BC-39 AD
Philip was tetrarch of the Roman provinces Ituraea and Trachonitis between 4 BC-34 AD
Lysanias was tetrarch of the Roman province Abilene, dates unverified
Annas first high priest in Jerusalem when Iudaea became a Roman province in 6 AD; deposed in 15 AD
Caiaphas a high priest in Jerusalem from 18-36 AD; son-in-law of Annas who sometimes acted as high priest
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.
He came into all the region around the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for remission of sins.
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
'Make ready the way of the Lord.
Make his paths straight.
Every valley will be filled.
Every mountain and hill will be brought low.
The crooked will become straight,
and the rough ways smooth.
All flesh will see God’s salvation.'" [* Isa 40:3]
He said therefore to the multitudes who went out to be baptized by him,
"You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and don’t begin to say among yourselves,
'We have Abraham for our father;'
for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones!
Even now the axe also lies at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doesn’t bring forth good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire."
The multitudes asked him,
"What then must we do?"
He answered them,
He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none. He who has food, let him do likewise."
Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him,
"Teacher, what must we do?"
He said to them,
"Collect no more than that which is appointed to you."
Soldiers also asked him, saying,
"What about us? What must we do?"
He said to them,
"Extort from no one by violence, neither accuse anyone wrongfully. Be content with your wages."
As the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he was the Christ,
John answered them all,
"I indeed baptize you with water, but he comes who is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to loosen. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire,
whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor, and will gather the wheat into his barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Then with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people,
It happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days.
Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry.
The devil said to him,
"If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
Jesus answered him, saying,
"It is written,
'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'" [* Deut 8:3]
The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
The devil said to him,
"I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want.
If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours."
Jesus answered him,
"Get behind me Satan! For it is written,
'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.'" [* Zech 3:2]
He led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him,
"If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here,
for it is written,
'He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;"
'On their hands they will bear you up,
lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'" [* Psa 91:12]
Jesus answering, said to him,
"It has been said,
'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'" [* Deu 6:16]
When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time.
After 40 days alone in the wilderness, it seems that Jesus returned to the Jordan area where John was still baptizing and speaking, with his disciples. John 1:15 indicates that John had already baptized Jesus some time before.