In Mark 1:4, we read that John the Baptist was preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John was a cousin of our LORD and he shares with the people that his baptism was a preparation for the appearance of the Messiah. Jesus was already among the people, about to be revealed to them.
John declared, “It is He who coming after me is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” (John 1:27). Beginning with John 1:29, the Baptist says, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him, but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I come baptizing with water.” (30-31).
You, have to admire the humility of the Baptist. A lot of people were coming to him, but he doesn’t hesitate to say that Jesus was greater than him. John was not on an ego trip. He saw Jesus as being greater than himself in His person.
John also saw that the baptism Jesus would offer was greater than his. In Mark 1:8 he said, “ I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
In Matthew 3: 7-12, John shares that Jesus was greater as a judge of mankind. “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them,” Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father. For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water into 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. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
So, John the Baptist recognized that Jesus was greater in:
- His Person
- His baptizing with the Holy Spirit
- As a righteous judge, and also as the Savior for all mankind.
In John 1:29, the Baptist declared “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” I don’t think John recognized the full significance of the Christ until it was revealed to him by the vision and the voice at Jesus’ baptism. (John 1:32-34). And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and He remained on Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water, said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
In Matthew 3:17 we read, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Dear friend, Jesus is our one and only Savior sent into the world by our Father in heaven. He personally declared, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.” (John 14:6). Peter who on one occasion said three times that he didn’t even know Jesus, declared in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
- We must be saved
- There is only one way to be saved
- We can only be saved by trusting in Jesus Christ, asking His forgiveness for our sins, and surrendering our loves to His perfect touch
- When we invite Him into our hearts and lives, He will come in and Begin to set our lives in order so that we can walk in harmony with His will.
If you have never invited Christ to be your Savior and Lord, won’t you do so right now? Then call me so I can rejoice with you. (805-320-4984 or 805-535-4325).