The Good News – Word of Yochanan and Immersion of Yahushua the Messiah
And in the fifteenth year of the reign of TiberiusCaesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Yehudah, and Herodes district ruler of Galil, and his brother Philip district ruler of Yetur and the country of Trachonitis, and Lusanias district ruler of Avilene, Chanan and Qayapha being high priests, the word of Elohiym came to Yochanan the son of Zekaryah in the wilderness.
And he went into all the neighbourhood of the Yarden, proclaiming an immersion of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and saying, “Repent, for the reign of the shamayim has come near!”
As it has been written in the Prophets, “See, I am sending My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. Then suddenly the Master you are seeking comes to His Hekal, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. See, He is coming,” said Yahweh of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)
For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Yeshayahu, saying, ” The voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of Yahweh; make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohiym.
“Let every valley be raised, and every mountain and hill made low. And the steep ground shall become level, and the rough places smooth. “And the esteem of Yahweh shall be revealed, and all flesh together shall see it. For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.” (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 40:3-5)
And Yochanan had a garment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle around his waist. And his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Yerushalayim, and all Yehudah, and all the country around the Yarden went out to him, and they were immersed by him in the Yarden, confessing their sins. And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion, he said to them, “Brood of adders, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Avraham as our father.’
“For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Avraham from these stones. And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
And the crowds asked him, saying, “What, then, shall we do?”
And answering He said to them, “Let him who has two undergarments share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise.”
And tax collectors also came to be immersed, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
And soldiers also asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be satisfied with your pay.”
But as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts about Yochanan, whether he was the Messiah or not, Yochanan answered, saying to them all, “I indeed immerse you in water, but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal straps I am not worthy to loosen. He shall immerse you in the Set-apart Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He shall thoroughly cleanse His threshing-floor, and gather the wheat into His storehouse, but the chaff He shall burn with unquenchable fire.”
And urging with many other words, he brought the Good News to the people.
Then Yahushua came from Natsareth of Galil to Yochanan at the Yarden to be immersed by him. But Yochanan was hindering Him, saying, “I need to be immersed by You, and You come to me?”
But Yahushua answering, said to him, “Permit it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fill all righteousness.”
Then he permitted Him. And having been immersed, Yahushua went up immediately from the water, and see, the shamayim were opened, and He saw the Spirit of Elohim descending like a dove in bodily form and coming upon Him, and see, a voice out of the shamayim, saying, “You are My Son, the Beloved, in You I did delight.”
The scriptures in The Good News Series here are from the Book of Mattityahu (Gospel of Matthew) chapter 3 verses 1-17 & the Book of Luços (Luke) Chapter 3 verses 1-18. More spiritual examination to follow and check out the study on Adoption and Inheritancefor more information on the importance of the last paragraph!