Knijga O Kristu

Matej 3:1-17

Propovijedanje Ivana Krstitelja

1U to vrijeme Ivan Krstitelj počne propovijedati u judejskoj pustinji: 2“Pokajte se za grijehe i obratite se Bogu jer je nebesko kraljevstvo blizu!” 3Prorok Izaija govorio je o Ivanu kad je prorokovao:

“On je glas koji viče u pustinji:

‘Pripremite put za Gospodnji dolazak!

Poravnajte za njega staze!’”3:3 Izaija 40:3.

4Ivanova odjeća bila je istkana od devine dlake, a bio je opasan kožnim pojasom. Hranio se skakavcima i divljim medom. 5Ljudi su k njemu dolazili iz Jeruzalema i iz cijele jordanske okolice. 6Ispovijedali su mu svoje grijehe, a on ih je krstio u rijeci Jordanu.

7Ali kad ugleda mnoge farizeje i saduceje da se dolaze krstiti, reče im: “Zmijska legla! Tko li vas je samo upozorio da pobjegnete Božjemu gnjevu koji stiže? 8Dokažite svojim životom i djelima da ste se odvratili od grijeha i obratili Bogu.3:8 U grčkome: Rodite dakle plodom dostojnim obraćenja. 9Ne zavaravajte se da vam je dovoljno reći: ‘Mi smo Abrahamovi potomci!’ jer vam kažem da Bog može i od ovoga kamenja podignuti Abrahamovu djecu! 10Sjekira Božjeg suda već je uzdignuta da u korijenu sasiječe stabla. Svako stablo koje ne daje dobrog roda bit će posječeno i bačeno u vatru.

11Ja vodom krstim one koji se pokaju od svojih grijeha; no dolazi netko veći od mene, toliko velik da mu ja nisam dostojan ni robom biti.3:11 U grčkome: ni ponijeti sandale. On će vas krstiti Svetim Duhom i ognjem. 12Očistit će svoje gumno i odvojiti pljevu od pšenice; pšenicu će spremiti u svoju žitnicu, a pljevu sažeći neugasivim ognjem.”

Isusovo krštenje

(Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-22; Iv 1:32-34)

13Tada Isus dođe iz Galileje na Jordan da ga Ivan krsti. 14Ivan ga je odvraćao. “Zar da ti dođeš k meni,” reče mu, “a zapravo bi ti mene trebao krstiti!”

15Ali Isus mu odgovori: “Pusti to, jer nam valja ispuniti pravednu Božju volju.” Tada ga je Ivan krstio.

16Nakon krštenja Isus iziđe iz vode. I gle! Nebesa se otvore i on ugleda Božjega Duha kako silazi kao golub i spušta se na njega. 17Začuje se glas:: “Ovo je moj ljubljeni Sin. On je moja radost!”

New International Reader's Version

Matthew 3:1-17

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1In those days John the Baptist came and preached in the Desert of Judea. 2He said, “Turn away from your sins! The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3John is the one Isaiah the prophet had spoken about. He had said,

“A messenger is calling out in the desert,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord.

Make straight paths for him.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)

4John’s clothes were made out of camel’s hair. He had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea. They also came from the whole area around the Jordan River. 6When they confessed their sins, John baptized them in the Jordan.

7John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing. He said to them, “You are like a nest of poisonous snakes! Who warned you to escape the coming of God’s anger? 8Live in a way that shows you have turned away from your sins. 9Don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘Abraham is our father.’ I tell you, God can raise up children for Abraham even from these stones. 10The ax is ready to cut the roots of the trees. All the trees that don’t produce good fruit will be cut down. They will be thrown into the fire.

11“I baptize you with water, calling you to turn away from your sins. But after me, someone is coming who is more powerful than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His pitchfork is in his hand to clear the straw from his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the storeroom. But he will burn up the husks with fire that can’t be put out.”

Jesus Is Baptized

13Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River. He wanted to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to stop him. So he told Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you. So why do you come to me?”

15Jesus replied, “Let it be this way for now. It is right for us to do this. It carries out God’s holy plan.” Then John agreed.

16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened. Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. 17A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him.”