This weekend we are looking at John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:1-17. This drawing helped me think through the text.
Baptism is not merely a ritual of water. That was John’s baptism. The baptism that Jesus calls us to is a continual process of submitting to the cleansing fire and water of God’s Spirit. It is not an event, it is a way of life. It is the life of the Kingdom of God–to the glory of God, through Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.