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"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Day after day you

could hear his voice ringing through the valley of the Jordan:

"Repent! repent! repent! The King is at the door. I do not know the

day or the hour, but He will be here very soon."

By and by some of the people who flocked to hear him wanted to be

baptized, and he took them to the Jordan and baptized them.

The news spread to the surrounding villages and towns, and it was

not long before it reached Jerusalem. Then the people of the city

began to flock into the desert to hear this prince among preachers.

His fame soon reached Galilee, and the people in the mountains began

to flock down to hear him. Men left their fishing-smacks on the

lake, that they might listen to this wonderful preacher. When he was

in the zenith of his popularity, as many as twenty or thirty

thousand people perhaps flocked to his ministry day after day.

No doubt there were some old croakers who said it was