Prepare: Matt 3:1-12

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John’s message in Matt 3 is certainly dire and one we would rather avoid. It is easier to read this text and disassociate from the “brood of vipers,” justifying our reading by assuming this isn’t for us. But what if it is? How do we react if John calls us to repentance? Perhaps we start by remembering a call to repent is a warning grounded in a desire for success, mercy, and grace rather than judgment and anger.