Scripture references: John the Baptist: John 1:19-42; Luke 3:1-22; What kind of Baptism? Luke 12:49-50; Stripping: Mark 15:24; John 19:23-24; Go and baptise all nations: Matthew 28:16-20.
My brother Andrew was there when Jesus started on this road. He stripped off to be baptised by John in the Jordan.
It was not the most pleasant experience, being pushed right under by John’s horny hands but we all felt stronger afterwards, as if we were starting a new life.
What kind of baptism is this? Stripped, bloodied, shivering. Barely able to stand.
No hope of life for Jesus.
Let us pray for everyone preparing to be baptised or join the Church this Easter. May they always walk with Jesus, and may we always walk with them.
Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom.