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 proclaimed that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The reason John makes this proclamation is because Jesus would come as the sinless sacrifice to atone for the sins of humanity once and for all. Through Christ our sins are removed and forgiven and His righteousness is applied to our lives. It enables us to go boldly before the throne of grace with confidence because our sin no longer remains.
John exclaims that this is the one John has been preaching about. John’s purpose was to prepared the hearts of the people for the coming Messiah. This is why he came baptizing because John proclaimed repentance and an outward sign of turning from one’s sins is baptism.
John states that he saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus like a dove and remain. Under the Old Covenant the Spirit of God would come upon those the Lord used but would not remain. It would empower them, but because of their sin it could not remain. But through Jesus because He was without sin the Spirit was able to remain. Everything Jesus did was done through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit today who empowers us to do all things for God’s kingdom.
John was sent by God to prepare the way. John was told by the Lord that the one who He saw the Spirit descend upon and remain was indeed the Messiah. For John came baptizing with water, but Jesus came to baptize with fire and with the Holy Spirit. Fire purifies and it is the Holy Spirit who purifies us and transforms us from the inside out. It is the Holy Spirit who removes the darkness and lies of the enemy, and leads us into all truth. It is the truth of God’s word that sets us free. As we study His word on a daily basis our hearts and minds are changed and as they are changed our lives are transformed.