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Jesus’ Baptisms

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Reading: Luke 3: 15-17 & 21-22

Verse 16: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”.

Our passage today begins with John the Baptist. He is preaching a baptism of repentance out in the wilderness. There is a certain wildness, an unknown edge to John. His clothing, his lifestyle, the way he challenges both scare and attract us. He calls for and leads people to radical change in their lives. This too attracts and yet scares us. We are drawn to find and live into a better version of ourselves. But at the same time, change is hard and requires us to step into the new and unknown.

John is pointing beyond himself to Jesus. John’s role was to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. John speaks of Jesus, saying, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”. John’s baptism of water was more a cleansing of sins and a commitment to walk a better faith. But Jesus’ baptism will be different. There is a winnowing fork in Jesus’ hand. This is used to separate the good from the bad, the useful from the unusable. The action of conviction and repentance is taken from our hands and placed into His hands. The baptism of the Holy Spirit leads to a new source of power within us. The Holy Spirit does not rationalize or try and look past sin like we might perhaps try to do.

There is also a gathering up and a burning aspect to today’s Word from John. The good, the useful for the kingdom, will be gathered up into Jesus’ barn – into heaven. The bad, the unusable, the evil, will be burned with an unquenchable fire. It will not be pleasant. This is the fire that Jesus Christ will bring. It is not necessarily anyone’s destiny. Yet some will choose it. Judgment will come to us all. May we each sense the voice of Jesus in the Holy Spirit’s voice, allowing it to guide and lead us to all righteousness. May we daily live a life that honors and brings glory to the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Prayer: O Jesus, may your Holy Spirit ever be present and loud and clear in my life. Guide me to walk in your ways, always seeking to bring you the glory and praise. Amen.

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6 thoughts on “Jesus’ Baptisms

  1. HOLY SPIRIT
    MATT 3 V11. BAPTIZE YOU WITH HOLY SPIRIT
    LUKE 3 V22 HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDED
    JOHN 14 26 HELPER , THE HOLY SPIRIT
    ACT 2 V4 ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
    EPH 1 V 13 SEALED WITH HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE
    EPH, 4 V DO NOT GRIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.

  2. AFTER JOHN BAPTIZE JESUS THE HOLY SPIRIT DECENDED UPON JESUS , A VOICE FROM HEAVEN,
    GOD SAYS, YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON, IN YOU I AM WELL PLEASED.

    WOW, I THINK OF THE POWER OF GODS WORDS, HE LOVE HIS SON, AND TOLD ALL AROUND ON THAT DAY, THIS IS MY SON AND I LOVE HIM, AND HE IS PLEASE WITH JESUS..,
    TIS A LOT TO TAKE IN.

    THAT VERY SAME JESUS , WHO IS LOVED BY GOD, LIVES IN ME , HE THE KEEPER OF MY SOUL,
    HE MY ALL.

  3. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD , YOU STEPPED DOWN INTO DARKNESS OPENED MY EYES LET ME SEE,
    BEAUTY THAT MADE THIS HEART ADORE YOU HOPE OF A LIFE SPENT WITH YOU,
    HERE I AM TO WORSHIP , HERE I AM TO BOW DOWN, HERE I AM TO SAY THAT YOU ARE MY GOD.

  4. I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS, BE HERE WITH US , STOP THE EVIL SPREADING IN YOUR WORLD, .
    AMEN

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