Matthew 3:11 – I baptize you with water for 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.
John the Baptist is preaching about baptism and repentance to many at the Jordan River. Repentance is not inherited but requires turning from our sin in heart change. John is doing this to prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus. Jesus, the Messiah, who is sinless is greater than John and will baptize believers with the power of the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist’s preaching gives us a model of repentance that leads to heart change. His role was to point people to Jesus. He clearly differentiated his ministry from that of the perfect Son of Man, Jesus. My role needs to be that of a humble servant, confessing and truly repentant of my sin, leading others to Christ. I don’t deserve the grace God has given me through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus died for my sins and when I placed my faith and trust in Jesus I was forgiven and have the power of the Holy Spirt living within me.
Thank you for the truth in your word and the encouragement of John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus. Let the power of the Holy Spirit humbly guide me in my thoughts, actions to know you and make you known.