The Life of Christ: Leading By Example

Beginning: John the Baptist

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Jim Leffel

Mark 1:1-11; Matthew 3:7-9; Colossians 2:13-14; Titus 3:5-6; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 1:32-33; 2 Corinthians 5:21


After many years of silence from God, John the Baptist comes as a messenger to announce the coming of the Messiah, a fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 40 and Malachi 3. His message was a need for repentance and forgiveness of sins, and many people came to be baptized by him. He tells the people that though he baptizes with water, the One coming after him will baptize with the Holy Spirit. While water baptism is only a symbolic cleansing done in recognition for the need for forgiveness, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of forgiveness provided by Christ's death.


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