Matthew Chapter 3
3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”
3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
When we get baptized we have repented from our sins and turned away from them. Through this we are cleansed. One day when we get to meet our Heavenly Father he will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire…..
ummmm wait what did u just say???? FIRE????
Yes, this means to bring the fire of judgement. It will either purify us or it will destroy us. He is coming! We don’t know when but will you be ready for this judgement?
How awesome is Jesus! Is was of the most high and He was alway humble. John wanted to be baptized by Him because he was below Jesus as he refers to in verse 11. Jesus tells John that they were to fulfill all the righteousness. He was to be baptized by John as it was an important step in His mission to save us from our sins.
Once Jesus was baptized God sent His Holy Spirit onto Jesus to help Him ministry to others on His mission. When God spoke from heaven everyone knew that this was the Son of God. Who was sent to save them from their sins.
I love that it says “this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When that day comes and I get to meet our Heavenly Father I want him to say he is well pleased with me. I cannot imagine a more pleasant statement.