Baptism is an outward proclamation of inwardly repenting sin. The symbolism represents our sin washed clean by water; though baptism was not new to the Jewish nation. Levite priests were commanded to practice the act of cleansing themselves with water before carrying out their priestly duties.
The Bible’s famous baptist, John the Baptist (son of Zechariah), was known for his unconventional ways. He wore clothing made of camel’s hair and leather, and consumed a unique diet of locust with wild honey. This wilderness man also preached an aggressive message which included baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. Continue reading
Post #4 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Crowds gathered at the Jordan River today in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. John the Baptist son of Zechariah was present, baptizing many into a new relationship with God. John is described as preparing the way for the expected coming Messiah. Known for his unconventional clothing made of camel’s hair and leather, John also consumes a unique diet of locusts and wild honey.
Sources reveal this wilderness man preached his aggressive message of baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. What he is not known for is a polite disposition. John slams members of the crowds with biting statements such as “You brood of vipers!” and “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Continue reading