Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me; Psalm 43:3

The Lord has made proclamation
    to the ends of the earth:
‘Say to Daughter Zion,
    “See, your Saviour comes!
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.”’
12 They will be called the Holy People,
    the Redeemed of the Lord;
and you will be called Sought After,
    the City No Longer Deserted. Isaiah 62:11-12

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way’[c] –
‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
“Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.”’[d]

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan.  Mark 1:1-5