/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// // // /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// var title="JOHN THE BAPTIST"; var title2="Lesson 7"; var max=18; Text=new Array(18); aposstr=new String; speechstr=new String; aposstr="'"; speechstr='"'; for (var x=0; x<=max; x++) { Text[x]=""; } Text[0]='1. Zechariah and Elizabeth had no children. They had been married for many years, and had prayed often for a child, but still they had no son or daughter.' Text[1]='2. Then a very surprising thing happened. An angel stood before Zechariah. Zechariah was frightened, but the angel said, "Do not be afraid."'; Text[2]='3. "I have come to tell you that your prayers have been answered. You and your wife will have a baby boy. You will name him John. He will make people ready for the coming of the Lord." Suddenly the angel was gone.' Text[3]='4. Later. everything the angel had said happened. Zechariah and Elizabeth had a son. And they named their son John.'; Text[4]='5. When John grew older he went to live in the desert.'; Text[5]='6. John wore very strange clothes made of camel\'s hair and he wore a leather belt around his waist.' Text[6]='7. The food he ate was also very strange. He ate locusts and wild honey.'; Text[7]='8. There in the desert, this strangely dressed man taught others about God. John warned the people to stop doing wrong. He told them they must prepare for the Lord\'s coming.'; Text[8]='9. Many of the people were very sorry for the wrong things they had done. They asked God to forgive them. John baptized these people in the river. God changed their lives.' Text[9]='10. 0ne day, some very important leaders came to hear John speak. John knew these leaders did not like the things he was teaching.'; Text[10]='11. John turned to them and shouted, "You bunch of snakes! Start doing kind things to show that you love God." John\'s words were very harsh. But, he wanted people to understand how important it was to love and obey God.' Text[11]='12. Not long after John had spoken to these leaders, Jesus came to the river where John was teaching and baptizing.'; Text[12]='13. Jesus said, "John, I want you to baptize me." John said, "But, I need to be baptized by you."'; Text[13]='14. Jesus explained that He Himself needed to be baptized in order to obey God. John understood and he agreed to baptize Jesus.'; Text[14]='15. And after Jesus had been baptized a wonderful thing happened.'; Text[15]='16. The heavens opened and the Spirit of God came down in the form of a dove.'; Text[16]='17. Then a voice from heaven spoke, "This is my Son that I love. I am pleased with Him."'; Text[17]='18. John had prepared the way for God\'s Son, Jesus. Soon Jesus would begin telling people about God\'s wonderful love.'; //**DO NOT EDIT THIS ***** //*********************** //************************