5 People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. (Matthew 3:5-6)
There is a very interesting and symbolic parable that I would like to point out about baptism besides the obvious.
God is so awesome; watch this. John the Baptist was the first to baptize with water and he did it in the Jordan river. The Jordan river flows from north to south and it dumps into the Dead Sea. Do you see the irony there? People from all over were coming to see and hear John and when they confessed their sins and turned to God, their sins were washed away and cast into the depths of the Dead Sea. They were now dead to sin and this world and the Dead Sea was a perfect representation of that.
19 Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! (Micah 7:19)
The Dead Sea got it’s name because if its high salinity which is a fancy term for, it has a lot of salt. Too much salt in fact that it cannot support life, not even aquatic organisms. So what does that have to do with your sins and the way you live your life? When you confessed your sins and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, you Died to sin and this world. Your sins and cares for this life were washed away and cast into the depths of the Dead Sea. There is no going back! There’s nothing to go back to! Why would you even want to? You will not find yourself there because nothing can survive in the Dead Sea.
Don’t dive back into sin and don’t even think about it. In fact, I hope you cant even swim….
Verse of the day:
2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:2)
Challenge of the day:
Today I challenge you to fill up your kitchen sink half way with water. Then take some ground pepper and sprinkle some into your hand. (The water represents the Dead Sea and the pepper represents your sins and old way of life). Then bow your head while standing over the sink and pray to God. Confess your sins to him, ask for forgiveness and tell him that the rest of your life belongs to him. Then open your hand and pour out the pepper into the sink and pull the plug. Once the water and the pepper are completely gone and pulled into the depths of the sewer you will see that there is no pulling it back.