The Baptism Of Jesus And The Remission Of Sins
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Luke 1: 5-17
John’s Birth Announced to Zacharias
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. 8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’[a] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Who Is John The Baptist?
God sent His Son Jesus as the One Who will save His people from their sins. Mt 1:21. To take upon the sins of mankind, the Creator of the universe Himself incarnated through the virgin Mary and came to this earth as the Lamb of sacrifice. Jesus’ ministries began with His baptism. When Jesus turned thirty, He was baptised by John the Baptist.
Who is John the Baptist? Jesus Himself testified that John is a representative of all mankind. Mt 11:11-13. Jesus said that among those born of women, there had not risen one greater than John the Baptist. The one, who was greater than all the prophets of this earth such as Isaiah, Ezekiel and greater than even Moses. In the OT, the chosen ones of the male descendants of Aaron were anointed as the High Priest. Like the High Priest who passed the sins of the people of Israel onto the goats by laying their hands on its head as the representative of the Israelites, blot out all the sins of mankind God had to raise John the Baptist as the representative of all mankind and have him pass the sins of the world. God sent John the Baptist to this earth as the last prophet. God sent him six months earlier than Jesus to turn many people to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Lk 1:17
The Mystery Of Jesus’ Baptism
As mentioned before, Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist as described in Mt 3:13-17. People generally are baptised without even knowing its meaning, baptism is handed out too carelessly to whoever has memorised the Ten Commandments, promises to keep the Lord’s day and is willing to recognise the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Those who were baptised with the clear understanding of the true meaning of this baptism are extremely rare. A true believer must question why Jesus, Who was sinless had to be baptised. Those who have not received the remission of sin are neither curious about the baptism of Jesus nor are able to know it at all. The mystery of this baptism can be known only by those who have received the remission of sin.
Jesus is the High Priest of the Kingdom of Heaven. John the Baptist is the representative and High Priest of all mankind. John had the authority to pass all the sins of mankind and Jesus, the heavenly High Priest accepted all these sins on His own body as a sacrificial Lamb. Jesus was baptised at the Jordan River, the river of death. Baptism means to pass on, to be submerged, to cleanse, to bury, to transfer and it has the same meaning of the OT laying on of hands. Sins were laid upon the head of the sacrificial offering in the place of the condemned. Mankind are bound to hell, tormented and deceived by Satan but Jesus came to save such people like us and to make us righteous and to be God’s children. Since sins were actually passed onto Jesus, God tells us that we are sinless. Acts 16:31. It is by believing that we receive eternal life.
What Is The Sin Of The World?
Through baptism Jesus took away the sins of our fathers and mothers and all the people of the world. All the sins that we commit throughout our entire lifetime, including the sins we commit without realising are the sins of the world. Jesus did not just take away the sins of a few special people but He took away all the sins of every human being. However only those who believe in this Truth that Jesus accepted our sins through John the Baptist are saved. The gate of heaven has already been opened a long time ago but if our hearts still do not believe in the baptism, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we cannot be saved. People go to hell because they do not believe in the Gospel Truth of the water and Spirit. Had Jesus died on the cross without first being baptised then His death would have been in vain. Our faith and labour for His sake would also be in vain. John 8:32 says only the Truth have the power to make one free. People who keep the Sabbath as a denominational doctrine and believe that although Jesus took away the original sin they still have to repent their daily sins cannot but continue to become more sinful. Although they try to live according to the Word of God and do good deeds, the more they try, the more difficult it becomes to devote themselves. They can realise themselves they are becoming more sinful before God.
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