29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.” John 1:29-34
John the baptist sees Jesus coming and declares “behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. Jesus is called the Lamb of God because under the Old Covenant it was a spotless lamb who was sacrificed for the sin offering. Animal sacrifices had to take place over and over again because they could not fully atone for the sins of the people. But in Christ He only had to go to the cross one time because His sacrifice was the ultimate atonement. Perfect and without sin, Jesus voluntarily laid down His life. No one took His life from Him. He laid it down as the ultimate sacrifice.
John understands the greatness of Christ. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit John declares that Jesus was before Him. Jesus has always been and was with the Father from the beginning of creation. John came baptizing with water to prepare the hearts of the people for Jesus. John declared to repent for the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Salvation is only found through true repentance. There are many who will come to Christ, but there are few will come to true repentance. Repentance requires turning from the wickedness of sin and many have sat under the preaching of a false gospel that preaches salvation and God’s grace without the mention of repentance.
John understood from God that who John saw the Spirit descend upon and stay was indeed the Lamb of God and coming Messiah. Throughout the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would descend upon people but not remain. The Holy Spirit empowered God’s people to great exploits. But the reason the Holy Spirit did not remain in the past is that the saint of old had sin that was upon their lives. But in Christ sin was absent because He was perfect and without sin. It was the Holy Spirit that empower Jesus to do all things. He relied fully upon the Holy Spirit in every circumstance.
Jesus indeed is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. John came baptizing with water, but it is Jesus who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. Whenever a believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit, it is Jesus Himself who baptizes. Baptize simply means to immerse. John would immerse the people in water. When Jesus immerse a believer in the Holy Spirit it is to empower them to be a witness upon the earth. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all who would believe and receive. For it is unbelief that hinders the power of God. Where ever unbelief exist the power of God is null and void. It is faith that unleashes the power and might of God’s kingdom.
John testifies that Jesus is surely the Son of God. There is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. The only way to salvation is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. There are many who reject Jesus Christ and they will spend an eternity separated from God. But for those who have been saved by the grace of God and have been chosen before the foundations of the world, Jesus is all that we need and must become the number one obsession in our lives. He is coming soon.