Minister of the Master (Mk.1:1-13)

And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins…. And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”” (Mk.1:4, 7-8)

God gradually revealed His plan to save the world and at the appointed time sent the Savior. Each of His messengers and ministers had clear job descriptions including John the baptizer.

Minister’s Role

John the baptizer made his entry at God’s appointed time as the forerunner to the Savior.

  • Introduce the Savior

He announced the Savior’s arrival and called the people to repentance and preparation. All the people, from the common man to the king were given the call to repent – the duty of a minister of the Lord.

  • Identify Himself

A true minister of God will always identify himself as an unworthy slave of the Master, unworthy even to serve at the Masters feet.

Master’s Role

  • Mightier One

Master is mightier and greater than the minister in that He is the judge and decision-maker regarding eternal rewards.

  • Spirit-Baptizer

Master is the real baptizer who will use His own Spirit and fire as the medium for the baptism. He is identified and authenticated by the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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