As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Luke 3:15-17)

That is what I call a rallying call! A call to repentance and a call to hope. As I write this (and what you will read in a week from now) it is New Year’s Eve day. The day before the “Great Restart” of a year. We started this year with hope (okay, at the point you are reading it would be last year) and we ended the year with hope. Hope that maybe did not turn out the way we expected it, but hope none the less. In the time period that John the Baptist was preaching in, there was not a lot of hope there. John was pointing the way to hope, however; and hope in the One who was coming. We may ask, why should we have hope for 2022? The issues that prey on us have not resolved. Nor do we know when they might.

The people of that John the Baptist was preaching and ministering to hoped that John was the Messiah, and the answer. Because he seemed to have a firm grip on the issues of the day, and seemed to have a strong connection to Yahweh. But as wondrous & connected as he may have seemed, what he was telling them was the Someone even more wondrous was coming!!

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Verses 21 – 22)

What could be better, beloved reader, than having Someone among you who was & is the Lord God?! In the midst of our strife let us not forget we have (or can have) an intimate relationship with the Divine; the One who was blessed and blessed in this passage. The Lord God is gentle, and does not press a heavier relationship on us than we can bear. Water baptism signifying a covenant that realigns our priorities. And then at some time a spiritual baptism that takes deeper in a relationship with Divine. What ever your needs are, the Lord God the relationship to match them.

If you have not done so before, reach out to the Lord and let the Lord reach out to you before more of the days of this new year pass. Shalom & Selah!