Father’s peace and love to you all, kingdom family of faith!!! I think one of the most beautiful stories told is the story of John the Baptist whose purpose in life was to point the people in the world to who Jesus was as the loving Savior of the world!!! John had a heart of passion for his purpose in life and he worked at making it happen, being found in the right environment for him to carry out the purpose of baptizing people with the baptism of repentance. His pre-new covenant of Christ baptism was a baptism of repentance whereby a person recognized their sin, desired to be washed clean and made a commitment to follow God’s law in anticipation of the Messiah’s coming into the world. Now when Jesus came onto the scene as the Old Testament prophesied and wanted the same baptism by John, John was like, Whoa!!! “Why are you doing this? I’m the one who needs to be baptized by you, and yet you come to be baptized by me?” His heart was saying I know you and I know you are the perfect Messiah and you are asking me to wash you clean from the sin you don’t have??? I, John am the one standing in need of you washing me of sin!!!”
Yet Jesus being the perfect One He was, He wanted to keep with His Father’s heart and be baptized as an example of obedience out of love for His Father and He delighted in having John partner with Him for that to happen!!! He told John “It is only right to do all that God requires.” (Matthew 3:15NPT) Oh I sooo appreciate the heart of Jesus for His Father and for John and for each one of us!!! Jesus saw John’s faith in Him and as our Father credited Abraham’s faith in Him as righteousness, for those times, it would’ve been the same with John. When Jesus was baptized and raised up out of the water, our Father made it clear He was pleased with it all by speaking audibly that “This is the Son I love and my greatest delight is in Him!!!” (Matthew 3:17NPT) Therefore, as we of faith are now under the new covenant of grace thru our faith in the finished mission of Jesus’ life purpose on this earth, He also delights in us as He tells us in His Word:
“For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you (me, too) who were once far away from God. You (We) were His enemies, separated from Him by our evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you (me, too) to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought us into His own presence, and we are holy and blameless as you (and I) stand before Him without a single fault.”
WOOOHOOO!!! That is good news of Father’s sweet love for us, dear family of faith!!! Hence we can know that because we delight in the Son, our Father delights in us of faith, too!!!
And just like John, He wants to work thru each one of us for divine purpose in this life to point to Jesus and His great love and plans for us as His forever kingdom family!!! John left a specific mark upon history with his life and you are as well as you step out in faith that Father delights in YOU and wants to partner with YOU for amazing reasons!!!
Baptism today – Once a person has placed their faith in Christ’s death on the cross, burial into the grave and resurrection to new life as payment for their personal sin, their baptism is an outward public expression of their faith identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is the acknowledgement of His cleansing of us from sin that is forever complete and it is a statement of commitment to Jesus that is the natural heart desire of one who has been made new by His Spirit indwelling us as the reality of His love for us each one!!! Having believed, we are now raised up as new creations of amazing grace to partner with Jesus wherever He places us as this song says here!!! Oh I love life with Jesus and am blessed our Father of love delights in us because we, too, delight in His Son in whom He delights in!!! 🙂 Divine sisterly love to you!!! I’m delighted to journey thru life with Jesus with you all here!!!