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Daily Reading: 5th June 2016

Matthew 3.4-6 cont.

4 Now John had a garment of camels hair and a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the surrounding region of Jordan went out to Him,

6 And confessing their sins they were baptized by him in the river Jordan.

Verse six is a truly astounding statement.

John was preaching primarily to the Jews, the very people who considered themselves to be God’s people; a people chosen by Him. They belong to Him; they had their religious formats and practices. They believed that they were living the right way according to God’s law.

Therefore, perhaps they were surprised when an obscure preacher spoke about God’s people being sinners.

Yet, through the preaching of John and under the conviction of the Holy Spirit they were convicted of their sin.

They were convinced that they needed to turn away from their sins and turn to God (repentance).

This is the conviction in the heart of us all when it dawns upon us that we are wrong and God is right. It is a conviction that led them to submit to baptism.

Baptism is a Greek word that means to dip under, immerse. It was a word used in the commercial world when dyeing material to achieve a different colour.

Therefore, when we repent of our sins and receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, being baptized is, in part, symbolic of the change of colour that takes place in our life. We are changed by Jesus, from the darkness of this world into the colourful light of Jesus.

Being baptized is one of the first things that we should submit to after we have repented of our sins and confessed them to Jesus.

It is the command of Jesus, as we see in Matthew 28.19: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” – (NLT).

Since it is the command of Jesus, every born again believer in Jesus should seek to obey His command, which is what the Ethiopian eunuch did:

[36] As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”

[38] He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him – Acts 8.36-37 (NLT).

Baptism by immersion is for all who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. If you have not been baptized, then now is the time to obey the command of Jesus.

 

 

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