Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mark 1:7-8

"And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

John the Baptist has been baptizing people in the desert and preaching a whole new song of the day. Telling people to live lives of changed hearts and forgiveness of sins. When the Holy One approaches John and now wants to be baptized by him.

Can you imagine this seen? These two men are second cousins actually. John the Baptist was the son of Zachariah & Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Mary were cousins and found each other pregnant when Mary came to visit her.

John's baptisms was a purification rite for repentant sinners, performed in "living water" (in this case the running water of the River Jordan) in accord with Jewish custom. All four gospels relate to John's ministry, his preaching and baptism in the River Jordan. Most notably he is the one who recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and on Jesus' request, baptized him.

The baptism marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry. The Gospels of Mark, Matthew and (most clearly) Luke relate that Jesus came from Galilee to John and was baptized by him, whereupon the Spirit descended upon him and a voice from Heaven told him he was God's Son.

How exciting this day was!! Heaven opened up a window and a dove descended and rested upon His shoulders. God has such an amazing way of showing us His deep love for us. This made me think back to the time of Noah...Noah kept sending out the dove until it came back with an olive was the sign Noah needed to know the rains has stopped and the waters were receding. The storms were finally over.

Jesus is about to begin His ministry...and He comes to John to stand before the Father and he asked to be baptized...this marking the start of a new beginning. The Son of Man is about to take His position in eternity.

If you have never taken in this picture and understood the powerful message of baptism. I ask you to go to the Father today...pray that He would reveal His will for you and the message He gives us on baptism. John says, "I baptize you with water, but One is coming who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Mark 1:8).

"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. — Malachi 3:1 (KJV)

May the God of Peace bless you today!

Mama Barb

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