Baptize You with the Holy Spirit
by Berni Dymet
Luke 3:16 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.
You know I was reminded recently when I saw conflict in a Christian ministry organization - people behaving badly - how important relationships are.
Relationships are like bridges that we build into the hearts and lives of the people around us during the good times; they stand strong and firm during the storms that always come.
It's hard work building a strong bridge like that - but when the storm's raging - how awesome is it to have relationships like that.
The very first thing that John the Baptist said about Jesus - was that He would baptize all the people with the Holy Spirit and fire. Now that was radically new. Because to that point, the Spirit of God had only been given to a few selected leaders and prophets.
It turns out though, that God had a plan to build a powerful relationship with each of us; by drenching us in His Spirit. A bridge built through the suffering of His Son.
A relationship - that would last forever.
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