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The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 1-4

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Matthew 3:11, 12

Have we received the baptism of Jesus, or the baptism of John?

John’s water baptism was for repentance of sins; Jesus’ baptism was with the infilling of the Holy Spirit and fire. Jesus is the Lord of the harvest, but it is a harvest that has been “winnowed” and separated. To put our lives into the hands of Jesus is to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire, to experience the refining and sanctifying work of his Spirit in burning away sin and the life of self, and to join Jesus in his harvest mission of making disciples of all nations. Simply getting water baptized was the ministry of John.

Whose hands are we in?

Will we call out to Jesus this day like the church in Ephesus who only knew of John’s baptism? Or will we resist the Holy Spirit?

The harvest is now, and those in the hands of the Lord of the harvest will enter into mission with him.

“Lord Jesus, fill me with your Spirit and fire again this day. Live in and through me, for your glory.”