It is no mystery that the world was drowned in sin. The time when Christ was walking on earth and on water resembled that of Noah’s day, a world perished by a flood. However, when Jesus went to the altar (cross) set on earth prepared by His Father in Heaven as a living sacrifice, everything changed! The world resuscitated to life!
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Before there was the revelation of Jesus Christ, the birth of Immanuel, the Light of God into our dark world, was a people enslaved to primal instincts: sacrifice & murder (Genesis 4). These two natures have been at war for the soul’s right to live since the dawn of sin, but to discern the nature of sacrifice as justifiable and murder not, the world must be baptized into a soothing aroma (Genesis 8); The baptism of Jesus Christ.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan, coming to John to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have the need to be baptized by You, and yet You are coming to me?” But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *allowed Him.
Jesus, although innocent of the sin of man and only Person worthy to baptize with power that saves—resuscitating a world drowning in death—humbled Himself as a human being no more or less guilty than the next sinner in need to be baptized in water for repentance.
After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and settling on Him, and behold, a voice from the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world, has breathed the knowledge of the truth into a world of lies. His breath fills the lungs of the world for a new life in Him, and so here we are, bought by His blood and born again. Jesus indeed fulfilled all righteousness, and so every person with primal instincts can now discern the nature of what is justifiably good and consequently evil.
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