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John the Baptist is on the same team with Jesus

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John the Baptist is on the same team with Jesus, but he is not Jesus. Among the events in the 30th Olympic Games this past summer in London were the relays, both in the pool and on the track. Preliminary heats are held to qualify for the finals. Being a team event, there can be swimmers or runners in the semi-finals that are not in the finals; they helped get the team into the finals but then another member may be substituted for that race. John prepared the way for Jesus to show up in the finals. It is Jesus who brings home the gold.
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