John's Baptism

Today's Bible reading: Matthew 3:13-17

John not only calls for repentance … he also offers a prophetic sign which effects what it promises. His Baptism is not yet Christian Baptism, but it is a unique and effective washing away of sin which points forward to the even greater Baptism to come.  All four Gospels record John's promise of a greater Baptism with the Holy Spirit that is still to come.  Thus, the whole ministry of John points forward to something in the future … to Someone who is greater … who's sandals he is unworthy to undo.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you stood next to sinners in the water of the Jordan.  Stand with me now and wash away my sins.  Amen.