Thursday, May 07, 2009

Baptized in the River

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.'"

4 Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Matthew 3:1-6, English Standard Version

Baptized in the River

One of the most fascinating men in the New Testament is John the Baptist. He was truly one of a kind, who was providentially appointed as the forerunner of the Lord. Isaiah, the prophet, prophesied his coming:

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.'"


Even before Christ came, John had a productive ministry preaching of the One to Come who was better than he. As people received the word he preached, they were baptized in the River Jordan.

As a matter of fact, Christ's public ministry began with His own baptism by John. It is there that God spoke from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17, ESV)

The Jordan River plays an important part in Biblical history, especially as the border of the promised land. Do you think it was any accident that Christ was baptized in this same river? Figuratively, the Jordan River is our boundary as well. It represents the boundary between our life before, and then after becoming Christians, just as the River of Life is the "boundary" we cross as we enter the gates of heaven.

Think of that today; just as Christ was baptized in the river, so let us remember that our own "Jordan River" represents the boundary for us. When we are tempted to cross back over that river, think of Christ who was baptized in the River, and then went on to redeem a people for himself.

God Bless You,
Linda

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