The Baptism


 

Previously:

After listening to John the Baptist preach to the crowd, the Bible Jumpers meet the Pharisees and watch as they question the Baptist.  After their interrogation was over, one of the Jumpers saw someone enter the Jordan River approaching John the Baptist.

Author’s Note:

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The young man who was entering the Jordan River was in his early thirties.  His long brown hair flowed down to his shoulders.  He also wore a white tunic which flowed down to his sandals.  As he entered the water, the man removed his sandals.

John the Baptist pointed to him.  “Look the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.  This is the one I meant when I said; a man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.  I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

“What does your master mean by that?” Mary asked Andrew.

Andrew shook his head.  “I don’t know, he has never said that before about any man.”  Slowly he got closer to the river bank to get a better look.

The Bible Jumpers followed him.  Zach nudged John. “You know, I feel like I’ve seen this man before.”

“Me too,” said John, “I just forgot where I saw him before.”

“Come on guys, isn’t it obvious,” said Simon, “You saw him on our last trip.”

“He’s one of the shepherds?” asked John.

Simon shook his head.  “You met him when he was much younger.”

“Look closely,” said Carrie.

As they approached the river’s edge, they were only able to see the side of his face.  Then for a brief moment, he turned and looked at them.  He eyes shined as he gazed at the Bible Jumpers, and through his beard, he smiled warmly at them, and then he continued towards the Baptist.

“Oh my goodness,” exclaimed Liz, “Is that who I think it is?”

Daniel nodded, “It’s Jesus… all grown up.”

“The way he smiled at us,” said Simon, “It’s almost as if he knew who we were.”

“How can that be?” asked Zach “He was only a baby when we saw him.”

Finally they reached Andrew at the water’s edge.  As Jesus approached John the Baptist, he began to take off his tunic.

“What is he doing?” asked Mary.

“He wishes to be baptized,” explained Andrew.

The Baptist raised his raised hands in protest and shook his head.  “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

“That is the first time I’ve ever seen my master refuse someone baptism,” said Andrew.

Jesus raised his raised his hand and placed it on John’s shoulder, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

The Baptist nodded and motioned Jesus toward his side.  He said some words to Jesus, grabbed hold of him and dunked him into the Jordan.

“Carrie, are you ready?” asked Simon.

She nodded, “Let’s do it.”

Both of them took their ear pieces out of their ears.

“What are you doing?” asked Zach.

“Doing an experiment,” said Simon.

“You’re welcome to join us if you like,” said Carrie.

Zach took off his ear piece.

As Jesus rose up from the water, a ray of light suddenly surrounded Him.

“Where did that come from?” asked John.

“What’s that coming down on him?” asked Liz.

Coming down from the beam of light was a white bird that sparkled as it rested upon Jesus’s head.

“It looks like a dove,” said Mary.

“Something is coming,” said Simon.

“What’s coming?” asked John, Liz, and Mary.

Daniel took out his ear piece and smiled, “Take off your ear pieces and find out.”

Then a voice boomed from the sky.  “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Then, in an instant, the ray of light and the dove were gone.

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