Luke 3: 7-18
John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You are sons of the serpent yet! Who led you to believe that you can avoid the decline of the old ways of the soul? Produce true fruits in keeping with a change of heart and mind. And do not begin excusing yourselves by saying, “We have Abraham as our father.” For I tell you that God can raise up sons for Abraham out of these stones. The ax is already poised at the root of the trees, so every tree that does not produce good fruit is felled and thrown into the fire.”
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
John answered, “Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”
Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
“Do not collect any more than you are authorized to do,” he told them.
Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He replied, “Do not intimidate and do not accuse people falsely-be content with your pay.”
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ, the Messiah.
John answered them all, “I wash you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will wash you with the breath of the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, while he burns up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
And with many and various exhortations John preached the good news to the people.