The People Were Baptized, Confessing Their Sins


John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:4-8).

John the Baptist’s dress and diet remind us of Elijah and other prophets. His baptism prepares people for baptism into Jesus. Repentance prepares us to receive the good news Jesus brings. A change of heart and mind that allows us to let go of old ways of life, old burdens and wrongs, and to know we are forgiven and loved makes us more ready to hear and believe that Jesus can bring us new life!

It is not only when we become Christians that we need to confess. Regular confession is a discipline that we all need to practice. Try an experiment today. As soon as you find yourself in a sin, take a moment and confess it to God. What does this type of confession teach you?

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