Thanksgivings: I Thank The Lord for Baptism, For this is the sign to the world that we are marked for the Lord! I Thank The Lord for Water, For it was given to us to wash away sins! I Thank The Lord for the Baptism of The Holy Spirit, For it is the Baptism of Authority over the unseen world!
It is Written, “Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” John 1:19-28
Understanding: John’s testimony is true. For he was not the Messiah. He said that there is another who will come after him in whose sandals he was not fit to untie. John Baptized by water, so what would Jesus Baptize by? If the one who is unworthy could only Baptized by the sign of repentance, who Baptism brings forth the Authority to fight against sin? Let us not be so blinded by what is clearly true. If you received John’s Baptism, how are you to forsake that of Christ! Make straight the way of the Lord, for He has called you to be filled with His Spirit!
Prayer: Father, For none are able to live a life apart from you and I pray that we confess these things, no matter how holy one feels or dirty as one lives, We all are sinners who by your Grace and Mercy have been redeemed by the Cross in Jesus Name, Amen!