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They were searching, searching for something to do with their sin, the things they had got wrong. They knew that they weren’t perfect, their failure to live up to God’s standards troubled them. The bloody mess of sacrificed animals wasn’t cutting it for them. They needed forgiveness, they needed to know they were forgiven, feel refreshed and able to start again with a clean sheet.
And then came John, promising that if they turned back to God, they would be forgiven; and by baptism washed, cleansed and restored.
And the people came. And responded.
Mark 1:4-11 (CEV)
4 So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.”
5 From all Judea and Jerusalem crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
6 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey.
7 John also told the people, “Someone more powerful is going to come. And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
But John was only the beginning, the pointer. There was more to come, so much more.
And the One That Was to Come stepped forward, came for John’s blessing, came as every other human being can.
He stepped into the messy water of humanities wrongs, and brought his presence and power. All are washed clean by his presence in the mess. He is here, God’s son, the one whom God delights in, with us.
The Baptism of Jesus
9 About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove. 11 A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”
Christ stands where we stand. He has no need to. He has not done the things wrong that I have, yet he stands with me. As he stands with me, he allows me to stand with him – in the place of forgiveness, healing, strength and a clean start.
Will I let him stand with me?
Will I accept his invitation to stand with him?
with all that I bear.
Thank you for joining me in my mess,
for meeting me in the river,
the place of cleansing,
As I meet you here,
may I let you work in me.
not spotless and blameless
restore me I pray.
May I seek,
and your life in me.