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John the Baptist baptized with water, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit

I Know I Couldn’t Ignore the Savior
John the Baptist Pointed to Him

Scripture Reading: Matthew 3:1-10

Key Verse: Matthew 3:11

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

If you read the additional scripture reading section, you will note that John the Baptist was drawing great crowds to hear him preach. People were flocking out to him from Jerusalem, Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Why? He certainly wasn’t a flashy kind of preacher; dressed in camel’s hair, a leather belt around his waist, eating locusts and wild honey. God had determined that John would prepare the way for Jesus. Our key verse makes it clear that John himself knew he was not the “big show.” He was simply pointing people toward the “big show!” People were drawn by God Himself to go out into the desert to hear about the coming of Jesus, their Messiah.

John the Baptist is simply another way God made sure Jesus would never be ignored. Some people would reject John and Jesus, but they would be powerless to ignore them! John pointed these crowds to Jesus by preaching and by his water baptism, verbal and symbolic actions to highlight the one who would come; One who is so much more powerful that John felt unworthy to carry Jesus’ sandals. John baptized with water, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit of God. John pointed to Jesus and His transformational work inside people’s lives, separating those who receive and those who reject. Read Matthew 3:12 so you can see what John the Baptist could see!

Father, because of you I am part of the “wheat” and not the “chaff.” Thank you for gathering your children to yourself for all eternity. In Jesus’ Name, amen.