Today’s reflection is on Jesus’ baptism….. or should I say “baptisms”, as Dad points out.
Jesus the Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”
This is John’s record of Jesus’ double baptism. First, how he was baptised by John with water and secondly, how he was baptised by His Father with the Holy Spirit and with power. From there he went forth on His mission of preaching, teaching and healing, enabled by the Holy Spirit of God – to enable us to fulfil our mission, to put into action our ministry of using our spiritual gifts.
We too, need that in filling available and it is available to us. Indeed, Paul issues a command. “Be filled with the Holy Spirit” on the day of Pentecost as described by Luke in Acts 2:1-4. The church should celebrate Pentecost with no less fervour than we do Christmas and Easter.
How true that we tend to forget the importance of Pentecost. We also forget that it is indeed, a command, to “Be filled with the Holy Spirit”… Thank you for that reminder!
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