Read Matthew 3
John the Baptist is the one God promised, would come. The forerunner (Isaiah 40:3). He came to preach that the people needed to turn from their sins.
He (John the Baptist) said, “Turn away from your sins! The kingdom of Heaven is near (Mt. 3:2, NIRV).”
When we confess our sin and turn from it, this is the pivotal point at which we can experience the cleansing that only God can grant to His people.
The believer’s baptism is a reflection of this inner change in the life of the believer who has willingly placed in the Father’s hands their lives.
The baptism is a picture of what happens when we repent and turn our lives over to our Savior.
“When they admitted they had sinned, John baptized them in the Jordan (vv. 6).”
It is easy to feel like we have nothing to repent or our “good deeds” are more than enough, but we just need Jesus.
Jesus, the Christ, doesn’t need our help to bring about our salvation.
We need to place our trust in Jesus Christ alone!
Our works are nothing, but filthy rags – is what we are taught by the prophet Isaiah (64:6).
In this passage, John the Baptist confronts the religious of his day. Essentially, he is asking them – “Where is your fruit that shows you are relying on God for your salvation?”
“Produce fruit that shows you have turned away from your sins (Mt. 3:8).”
Will we choose to rely on Jesus Christ alone?
It is our mode of life to want to add Jesus plus something else.
- Jesus + our jobs.
- Jesus + our families.
- Jesus + education.
- Lastly, and most commonly, Jesus plus “good deeds”.
When will we allow Jesus to finally become enough?
Jesus alone is all we need.
When we forsake our sin, we are turning to God We aren’t turning to righteous living all on its own, no… what we are choosing to turn to? We are choosing to turn to our Savior.
It is just choosing to trust Jesus over everything else (which sometimes, we will fail.. but, it is choosing to trust Him one step at a time).
It doesn’t mean our lives will look perfect.
But, it does mean in choosing to trust in the One who is perfect!
“… calling you to turn away from your sins… [to the] One [who] will come who is more powerful than I am. And I’m not fit to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (vv. 11).”
The One Who is Able
Jesus is God’s precious Son! The One who is able. Jesus instructed John the Baptist to baptize Him. John didn’t understand why, but the blessing overshadowed the why. The very moment Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened up and the Spirit of God came down on Jesus – the Christ – like a dove.
And, the declared – “This is my Son, and I love Him. I am very pleased with Him (vv. 17).”
Will we trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior? When we do, we will gladly leave our filthy deeds (even those that resemble worldly ‘good’ deeds) at the foot of the cross.
It is at the cross of Jesus Christ where we find forgiveness of sins and brand new life!
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 Jn. 5:12, NIV).”