Baptisms are of two kinds.
We choose water baptism. Selfdetermination.
We choose Jesus.
Then, true baptism happens to us.
True Baptism is Divinely Accomplished.
True Baptism is God uniting and identifying us eternally with Jesus our
Rescuer in His: Crucifixion and divine judgment for our sins; Death; burial; resurrection; ascension; and present session(seated
at the right hand of God the Father waiting expectantly for the establishment of his universal Millenial Kingdom.) This is
what sets us apart, united into Christ, positionally higher than all but God himself! Evidently we are saluted by angelic
principalities unknown to us.
John Mark starts his gospel with John the Baptist JB. Among those born
of women, none was greater than John. From Moses to Samuel, David, Elijah, Jeremiah to Ezekiel: John was the greatest. He
wore a Mohair suit and ate peanut butter and jelly(the only account anthropologically taken of locust eaters said it tasted
like our peanut butter, honey would be their jelly. A peanut butter and jelly eater has no time for food and niceties. Our
John the Baptist, JB, was on a mission!). Part of JB’s mission to prepare the people Jesus would stride among was to
prepare the national leadership whom he chastised as snakes at worst, and incestual, at best. His baptism was precursor to
modern spirituality: Repentance--Changing our negativity toward God to Positivity; and, Confession of sins--so Christ’s
sacrificial blood, though future (yet predetermined) might wash them clean.
In the puzzle that is Hebrew to be from Nazareth associates one with both:
Righteous Branch of David prophecies; and, Nazar/Bible-beliefs. From Nazareth Jesus came to be socially introduced to Israel
by John as God’s mashiach or Christ.