Matthew 3

John the Baptizer, I picture him looking like Grizzly Adams with his camel hair clothes and leather belt, eating bugs and honey.    He was to prepare the way for the Lord and make straight paths for him.  He baptized with water for repentance and told everyone that the one that followed him would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.

There are so many different lessons in the story of John the Baptist.  You could discuss the fact that the word baptism itself was transliterated instead of translated.    The meaning of the word baptize in the original language was “to immerse.”  You could also go into a whole discussion about what it meant for Jesus to baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.

I had always thought John was introducing people to the concept of baptism like it was something new.  However, a recent discussion enlightened me that since the Law of Moses the Israelites were all the time dipping themselves for purification and cleansing of the body according to the commandments.  John’s baptism with water was not something radical for them.  However, when Jesus came, they were now going to be baptized to cleanse the soul, this would have been a change for them.

The chapter finishes with Jesus’ baptism.  What an awesome event!  The heavens opened up, the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus, and God spoke, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (NRSV)  I am guessing that the whole world could hear when God spoke!  We will all hear that voice one day.

Have a great day,

Published in: on January 2, 2007 at 10:11 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I’m almost caught up to you. One more chapter and I’ll be there.

  2. Howdy Robin, thank you for following along, it is very encouraging! Please let me know if you find any messages in the word that are speaking to you.

    Have a great day,

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