Luk 3:15 And all the while, the people were watching expectantly and they all were debating in their hearts about John, whether he might possibly be the Christ,
Luk 3:16 John answered them all, and this is what he said, “I am baptising you with water, but the one who is more powerful than I am is coming, of whom I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Luk 3:17 His winnowing shovel is in his hand, for cleaning out his threshing floor and gathering the wheat into his storehouse, but he will burn up the chaff with an unstoppable fire.”
the one coming
The concept of identity is a hot topic in today’s society. Many are questioning the age-old notion that we get our identity from what we do. Many want to reinvent themselves. Many seek to defend their choice against what they feel is the tyranny of their biology or context.
John the Baptiser based his identity on a comparison between what he could do and what the coming Christ would do. He could lead a revival movement within Israel, but the Christ would determine who among those baptised were really saved. He could immerse the confessors in water, but the Christ would immerse them in the Holy Spirit. He could refuse to baptise the vipers who came to be part of the revival but had no repentance. The Christ would destroy them in the fire of Gehenna.
Friends, our identity needs to be linked to the identity of Jesus Christ. He determines who we are for eternity, not just this generation.
LORD, show us who we are in Christ.