thought for the day – Epiphany day 12

Acts 19:1-7

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ So Paul asked, ‘Then what baptism did you receive?’‘John’s baptism,’ they replied. Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

As I read this passage I was struck by Paul’s reply ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance.’  It made me think of Easter and how often our faith is a dim light as we carry a weight of guilt and rules around with us of things we should and should not do. John’s baptism is not a bad baptism but even he recognised there was one greater than him coming after.  I wondered how often do we life a faith of Good Friday out and do not enter into Easter Sunday and Jesus’ baptism? We turn and repent which is not a bad thing but it is only a small half of the story. Let us not forget that John was a sign post along the way, not the last chapter, not where we find rest.

Jesus is the one in who is life and rest.

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