Thursday, August 15, 2013

An Eternal Echo...

I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit! ~ Mark 1: 8

Dark, muddy water rose higher and higher around his camel hair clothing as the woolly man from out of the desert led Jesus into the Jordan River. Just before John immersed the Son of God beneath the flood that fed the Sea of Galilee, he protested. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you, so why are you coming to me?" Jesus' responded without hesitation. "It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires." The Nazarene laid back into the arms of the Baptist, and the watery grave closed over him. Seconds later, Jesus, in symbolic fashion rose from the dead. Next, a phenomenon we can't fully picture took place--the often shy partner of the Trinity descended upon Jesus like a dove lighting in a tree, and the voice of the Father broke the silence, saying. "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."

But he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit...

Our obedience to follow the example set by our Savior is a symbolic expression. It is a public confession of an even greater baptism that preceded it at the moment of our salvation. Upon receiving the Gospel, Jesus baptized us. Immersed into the Spirit of God, we die to ourselves, become entirely new creations, and possessors of Divine life that conquers the power of sin and death. Into the eternity of eternity, God's voice will forever echo, "You are my dearly loved, and you bring me great joy!"

1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful. You're an inspirational writer dear sir. :) ~ Amy