And suddenly, Yochanan looks to the Jordan bank once again, anticipating receiving the next person to baptize when, there, directly before him is the fulfillment of the promise which he had long hoped and preached about. There, at the Jordan River, he beholds Yahshua, the lamb of YHWH which taketh way the sins of the world. Of this man, he said: "is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:" Matit'yah - ha'Levi 3:11,
And there He was.....the man who YHWH had said "Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matit'yah - ha'Levi 3:12 He came to be baptized in the Jordan River (Jordan in Hebrew means descender). Yahshua, who descended from Heaven, descended again (humbled Himself ) to the ordinance of baptism. An ordinance which indicated sins committed and needed to be washed away. But Yahshua, who knew no sin; became sin for us, that we through His righteousness may be made clean, forgiven, saved.
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And as the Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, Yahshua's baptism is of such great strength, of such great significance to the Throne of Glory above, that all who wish to be washed clean from their sins, but for some reason, was not physically able (like the thief on the cross), Yahshua's baptism covers their lack.
Moreover, the efficacy of the Master's baptizim is of such power and full of such promise......we see the symbolism of the death, burial, and resurrection of this one act (which Signifies the death, burial and resurrection of Yahshua Himself)....encompass all who will to be saved. Yahshua's baptisim is symbolic of the pledge made, from the foundation of the world, that all who accepts Him as their substitute and example, and descends into the Jordan, (humbles themselves in heart) to this outward work of faith, will be renewed in Him and have their sins washed away and carried into the Dead Sea. This ordinance was given full dignity, power, effectiveness, and acceptance by ABBA; because of Yahshua; the Son of Man, went to the Jordan River, was baptised, and accepted by YHWH; who, sent not an angle from Heaven to proclaim this acceptance, but THE ETERNAL.......SPOKE .........."This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matit'yah - ha'Levi 3:17
And all this happened one day; approximately two thousand years ago, at the Jordan River, and now, people from all over the world are still following His example; being baptized in HIS NAME........Amein!.....Amein!