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The Baptism of Our Lord

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today we look at the Baptism of Repentance that was performed by John the Baptiser, and the Holy Spirit Baptism that has come through our Lord Jesus Christ. John was a remarkable man and a great preacher, who knew how to draw a crowd, and always stood up for the truth. He performed a Baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and many were coming to him to be Baptised. He said “That one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thongs of his sandals.” This one was Jesus. The almighty Son of God, the incarnate God in the flesh. Jesus was sinless, and himself had no need to be baptised because he had nothing to repent of. And yet He was baptised by John to identify with the sins of humanity. As he came up out of the water, a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” This Jesus, offers us “Baptism in the Spirit”, a True cleansing of our sin made possible through his sacrifice of himself on the cross! May all of us here today be true followers of Jesus, recipients of his Holy Spirit, and inheritors of eternal life!

Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11