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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
January 18, 2014
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is really greater than me because he existed before me.’ Even I didn’t recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be made known to Israel. John testified, I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and it rested on him. Even I didn’t recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit coming down and resting is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and testified that this one is God’s Son.
John 1:29-34 (CEB*)
John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for the Christ. This is his testimony about finding him in the person of Jesus. This is the inauguration of a new age of baptism with the Holy Spirit, which is a presence with us.
I believe that if we still ourselves and really listen for the voice of God, it is also revealed to us that God was incarnated in the person of Jesus. In that, we can find a hope that is beyond any we can find in any other way.
Rejoice that Jesus came to us in human form, and that the Holy Spirit is now available to us at all times. Let that Spirit indwell in you and transform you.
* Common English Bible ©2011 Common English Bible.
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