3 And he went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin; source
Baptism. It denotes immersion.
Repentance. It denotes changing your mind; agreeing with GOD.
For forgiveness of sin. What we all need!
So was John preaching that until we are immersed, head to toe in changing our mind about our sins and agreeing with GOD that we will not receive forgiveness; in a nutshell, we will not experience His Salvation without this kind of baptism?
Yep. That’s what I think. And you know what, this Baptism is open to anyone and everyone who will receive it! Isn’t that the BEST NEWS?!
I think so too!
How about some Christmas music? I chose this one because today this one messed up my makeup and invited me to raise my hands and clap in worship!
I hope you do the same. ♥
Did you know Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea before Yeshua ever preached His first sermon?
1 It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of the Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene. 2 During the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came upon John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. source
Do you remember what his wife said to him on that fateful day when Jesus was before him?
Matthew 27: 1 When it was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court) conferred together against Jesus, [plotting how] to put Him to death [since under Roman rule they had no power to execute anyone]; 2 so they bound Him, and led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor [of Judea, who had the authority to condemn prisoners to death].
13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they are testifying against You?” 14 But Jesus did not reply to him, not even to a single accusation, so that the governor was greatly astonished.
19 While he was seated on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous and innocent Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.” source
Perhaps Pilate didn’t make it out and about amongst the people for that 3 and 1/2 years that Yeshua was preaching and healing and saving every honest soul who asked Him; but, I am thinking his wife heard plenty. I am thinking she was moved by what she heard. I am thinking she struggled with what she heard. I am thinking she wanted to believe; perhaps she even wanted to follow Him. I am thinking Pilate a long time before now wishes he had listened to his wife.
What do you think?