Showing posts with label Baptism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baptism. Show all posts

Thursday, January 25, 2024

In Spirit and Fire

John the Baptist proclaimed a baptism in water “for the remission of sins,” and he announced the arrival of the “Coming One.” He was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah as promised in Isaiah - “Behold, I send my messenger before your face… The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord.” He would be the King of Israel who baptizes his people “in Spirit and Fire.”

The Forerunner

All four gospel accounts apply the passage in the Book of Isaiah to John the Baptist, the messenger who called men to repent “for the remission of sins” in preparation for the arrival of the Messiah. The passage identifies John as the forerunner who was expected before the “Day of Yahweh” to summon the faithful - “The voice of one crying, in the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD” - (Isaiah 40:3-5).