Thursday, March 23

READING Matthew 3

John the Baptist’s life was rather remarkable. He was the son of two people who had long been considered barren, and even before his conception, an angel announced his life’s purpose– to prepare the way of the Lord. John committed his whole life to that purpose, so the day Jesus came to be baptized was the culmination of years of ministry. Yet, in this amazing moment, John was not thinking of himself. He recognized the sovereignty of Jesus and lived his life in such a way as to call attention not to his own ministry, but to the eventual ministry of Christ. That’s why the thing we remember about Jesus’ baptism is not John’s impassioned speech to the Pharisees or his confusion – “How can I baptize you?” Instead, we focus on Christ Himself and the physical presence of the Father, Son, and Spirit in one glorious moment. John lived his life in the way we should seek to live ours – doing all things in a way that points others to the redeeming work of Jesus.

I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Matthew 3:11

Other Resources

Baptism of Christ, by Unknown