“John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?” (Mathew 3:14)
It is said that, among those born of women there is no one greater than John the Baptist and he is also called as ‘Baptiser’. Baptizing was the only job assigned to such a big person by the Lord. Aenon is a place in Jordan River where water was in plenty and John was baptizing people there.
At that time, a great incident of historic importance took place there. It was God who had chosen John to baptise people but as an ideal example He himself came forward to John to get baptised by him. I think John would have been stunned at this. “But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Mathew 3:14).
The reason for John’s surprise was that he had been giving Baptism with water but Christ who is God gave baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire. Though John blocked, Christ broke the hurdle and said “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then John permitted.
I had an elder brother. He always stood against God’s command of immersion Baptism. This act of his blocked all the blessings from reaching his family. There was no peace in the family. Storm prevailed always. Turbulence after turbulence thronged the family.
One day a preacher was preaching about Jonah. His disobedience to God made the sea to convulse. All those who travelled in the ship underwent great hardship. Only after Jonah was thrown into the sea it calmed down. The pastor preached that only if some people are thrown into the sea and given baptism all the turmoil found around will subside. These words touched my brother. God talked to him and cleared all the hurdles. Joy and happiness returned to that family.
“All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John (Luke 7:29). But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John (Luke 7:30). Dear children of God, God’s command may it be big or small humble yourself and fulfil it.
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).