“This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.”
(Mark 1:4-5 NLT)
Well, the holiday season is almost upon us. Some people don’t much care for it, they are happy when it’s all over and they can get back to normal. But for me, I love them, everything about them: the meals, family, church services, and lots of gifts. When it comes to Christmas, I am a traditionalist. That means gifts should only be opened on Christmas Day. December 25th is a fixed day of celebration. I like that!
That’s why I also like baptism. Today’s verses point out that John the Baptist was calling people to a changed lifestyle. Turning from their sins and turning toward the Lord. Like Christmas that becomes a fixed date to remember especially when we go through seasons of temptation. During those seasons we remind ourselves that we turned away from those / our sins and towards the Lord. It takes some of the argument out of the situation.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!