Leaving him free
The man who it was said had nothing to be forgiven for, asked John for forgiveness. Please, he said, please. John never asked questions around sin, and he walked the man down the eastern banks into the river, the water cutting around their thighs. John delivered, and so whatever it had been was gone; washed away from the man to soak into the soil, leaving him free, and everyone else ready to tell their story about the truth.