“The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?” - Matthew 21:25
Jesus asks a question which demands an answer from the religious leadership. But they were afraid to give an answer. If John’s baptism was from God, then why didn’t they submit to the council of God? If it was from men then it could be ignored, but John was so popular with the people who believed he was a prophet and the religious hierarchy were afraid of upsetting the crowd.
John came as the forerunner of Jesus proclaiming the kingdom that could only be entered by way of repentance. He had called upon people to repent, confessing their sins and to be baptized in the river Jordan. It would be a sign of true repentance and separation from the old life of sin and disobedience to God.
Water baptism was instituted by God as a sign of a good conscience towards God and of repentance. When Peter preached to the multitude on the day of Pentecost he called on people to, “Repent and be baptized.”
Christening a baby and calling it baptism is far from the truth, for a baby cannot repent and bring forth the fruit of that repentance.
Repentance involves a change of mind and direction. Simply put, it is turning around and going in the opposite direction like a soldier obeying the command of the sergeant when he shouts, “right about turn”.
Today I face the question “Have I truly repented of my sins? Have I turned my back on sin; am I disobeying God?” Why not make a quality decision today to repent and begin to live a new life in Christ Jesus.
Dear heavenly Father I thank You for your open door. I surrender this day into your hands that I may be led by Jesus and His word. Thank You that my sins are forgiven and I walk in Your grace today.