Sermon Scrapbook for Advent 3A

Wikipedia entry on Macherus, the fortress of Herod Antipas where Josephus says that John the Baptist was held. Jesus may allude to this palace in Matthew 11:8, “If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.

Josephus recounts the imprisonment of John the Baptist in Antiquities 18.5.3.

Rev. Otis Moss preaches to the Congressional Baptist Caucus on John the Baptist’s desert assignment.


  1. Who prepared a way for you? On whose shoulders do you stand?
  2. For whom do you prepare a way? How are you making the world ready for the next generation?