From Beloved Reverend Sister Iskah.
Originally posted on Upward Joy:
We enter today seeing our need for Jesus’ help. That awareness alone is enough to bring the enemy lurking for ways to turn our attention from God. Some of you may have felt undeserving of God’s redemption, while others may have been tempted to think that all in all you are doing better than most in avoiding sin. Both are lies and today they will dealt with. We are all sinners saved by grace. We all need Him.
Before we journey far from home there is one more thing we must take a look at in order for the desert to be profitable to us, our baptism. In scripture, John the Baptist stood in Jordan “preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.” (Mark 1:4) People were convicted to be repent, then Jesus, who had no sin, came forward. For a moment John the Baptist (and I’m sure everyone else) was baffled. John understood he was preparing the way for people to understand what the Messiah would do for them and here He was telling John to baptize Him.
It was a sign of Jesus’ ministry and His death. It was a public announcement that He was going to begin His ministry and to surrender fully to the will of the Father even unto death. Baptism is our public death to ourselves. It is not just a washing away of sin, but an actual death of our old selves in a flood of grace. Then we rise empty of ourselves and are filled with God’s spirit. Jesus doesn’t resurrect our old selves but puts a whole new life (His life) in us.