When we discuss the change in relationship between God and man, the picture of the Baptism of Jesus illustrates it well. Prior to the appearance of Jesus, the Israelites were always working to atone for the sin in their life. Sacrifices and even John’s baptism was to demonstrate the repentance from the sinful and independent living in which the people were entrenched. When Jesus appeared, John knew the relationship was about to change. The relationship was no longer to be that of a national level. God was about to make things very personal.
When Jesus was baptized, God showed the world the true nature of Trinity. Jesus (God The Son) rose from the water, the Holy Spirit (God the Spirit) descended like a dove and landed on his shoulder, finally, the Father (GOD the Father) spoke and said,” This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased!” Each fully God and yet each separate—this was no allegory, it was God demonstrating the divine in the simplest way possible. Clearly John’s introduction was great—But the Father wanted to make clear He had arrived.
We must accept the fact that God requires that we too make it personal. No crossing your chest, pointing up and blowing God a kiss in the endzone. God wants our commitment to allow him to guide us to freedom and peace. As in the baptism of Jesus, he will send his spirit to guide, comfort and protect those who would follow him.
Please allow him to be well pleased at your life.
God Bless You
11 “I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”