On Jordan's Bank
Charles Coffin (1736); Translation by John Chandler
Advent — what a strange and beautiful season!
When the religious leaders in Jerusalem sent messengers to John the Baptist to ask who he was and why he was baptizing people in the Jordan River, that kinsman of the Lord replied that he was not the Messiah. He was “a voice crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”