Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
When John spoke of Jesus his words carried a sense of awe. He knew his life mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was calling people to repent—change their ways—and get ready for the coming Savior. John was no lightweight, but he explained that one more powerful was on the way. He was not even worthy to untie and carry Jesus’ sandals.
Then one day Jesus showed up! Jesus came from the northern part of Israel down to the Jordon River to be baptized by John. John’s response was, “Are you serious?! I can’t baptize you. I need to be baptized by you.” John finally agreed with Jesus’ request, “Let it be so now….”
I recently heard someone say of an influencer in his life, “I never met anybody as passionate about Jesus.” That’s what people said about John. His life mission and awe of Jesus demonstrated his passion for the Savior. “I never met anybody as passionate about Jesus.” Isn’t that what you want people to say about you?
Father, help me know Jesus more intimately, love Him more passionately, and serve Him with all of my heart. Help me to be known as a person zealous for Jesus. In His name. Amen.
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