"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
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Who do you look like? I look like my mother. No, she does not have a moustache or a goatee; but our eyes and our expressions make it clear that we share a common genetic background. My son Aaron looks a great deal like me. His brother, Adam, looks like my wife, Cheri, especially with his big, round, bright blue eyes.
Who do you sound like? When my brother Tim and I speak with each other, it sounds like we are in an echo chamber because the tone and timbre of our voices are nearly the same.
We are truly more alike than different, we humans. If I were to put a small child from North Korea, a child from Uganda, and another from South Dakota behind a curtain and make them laugh, you probably would not be able to tell the difference between them. And yet, at some point in time we begin focusing more on our differences than on our similarities, don’t we? The moment we decide that our differences are more important than the image of God we bear, we lose our bearings and head down a road that is intent on dividing us. The farther away from each other we choose to remain, the more difficult it is to see, much less believe, that we still share the one thing that truly matters: the image of God.
In this lesson we will work to discover our mission, the mission that we human beings have as the bearers of God’s image.