“John answered, saying to all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire’” (Luke 3:16).

Why would Jesus get baptized? He is the second person of the Trinity. Jesus is God in the flesh, and as God, He does not have sin. If baptism is about sinners recognizing their need for forgiveness, why would Jesus do this? John the Baptist asked, “I have need to be baptized by You, and You want me to baptize you?”

Jesus was baptized in order to identify with us, the people He came to save from sin. He who knew no sin became sin so we might be the righteousness of God. Ultimately, He took upon Himself all our sins.

When Jesus was baptized, something supernatural occurred: the Holy Spirit descended from heaven and rested upon Jesus. Who is the Holy Spirit? The third person of the Trinity. Jesus said, “It is better I go so that you have the Spirit, the Counselor, who will bring to remembrance all that I have said. When Jesus breathed on the disciples, they received the Holy Spirit, which meant they were always in the presence of God, not just when Jesus was around.

Have you received the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you already, but is He dormant? You know you are filled with the Spirit because you are different within. You live with Jesus in mind; even when you drift into sin, you are immediately convicted. “Whoops, this is the wrong attitude, words, or behavior.” The Spirit’s conviction isn’t to shame or threaten us with punishment, but to remind us of the more excellent way of grace, love and wholeness with God’s presence.

Adapted from “Walking Where Jesus Walked” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis