The Baptism of Jesus

The Bible begins with baptism.  It starts out, “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).  Over the ancient and chaotic creation, there was Spirit and water, water and Spirit.  That’s baptism! Do you remember Jesus speaking to Nicodemus at night?  What did He say?  Jesus said, “I […]

John 1:6-8, 19-28: A Voice, Mouth, and Finger

What made John the Baptizer such a powerful witness?  Well, you can’t be much of a witness if you don’t know what you’re witnessing about or what you’re supposed to do.  John didn’t have that problem.  He knew he was witnessing about the Messiah prophesied from of old.  He knew that he was “sent from […]

Advent 4

Intro Like all kings, our Lord Jesus does not simply show up unannounced.  A long line of prophets: Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others first prophesied of the Messiah.  Then, the angel Gabriel spoke to the Blessed Virgin.  And last, the last of the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptizer, blazed the path of the Messiah […]