Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 5 (v.1) - Into the Water

Submitted: July 14, 2019

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Something was intriguing about John, Mavy had to admit, not thinking twice before shooing her children out the door to go for the fourth day to see the prophet. Oh, to be young again, she smiled forlornly, massaging the tightness from her hip before continuing the sweeping, the children's forms blurred out into a cloud of dust from the earthen floor. Cleanliness is next to godliness, even if it boiled down to her lot.

And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, to be baptized of John.

John grinned widely at the siblings, a telltale sign of acknowledgment that Estelle held on to. So, she wasn't invisible after all. It was remarkable that a mere bystander should be recognized by the busy prophet! Lost in a reverie, she broke into a quick laugh before a sharp inhalation overtook her breath, seeing Robert leap at the sudden sound of John's voice.

 

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!" The Spirit within him quickened even faster as he watched Jesus appear. He'd not seen his cousin but had heard so much about Him. Hours spent at his parents' feet, learning of He who would come to seek and save those that were lost. He'd never have imagined in his lifetime the two would meet. His breath was ragged in excitement as he gestured wildly to all who would hear, " This is he of whom I said After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water!"

Estelle's hand had not dropped yet something inside her stirred to lower her head in reverence at the man approaching. Robert's face flushed in awe at the grand announcement. Whether either of them believed it or not, something was mesmerizing. If only their mother had come! This was something not to be missed.

John never refused anyone. He was stern with those that would deceive for a show, but to the true seeker, confessing, were welcome. They never knew why, just assumed it was because though he was esteemed so highly in the eyes of the crowd, he was too simple to turn people away for frivolity. And that's what made his statement so shocking that it drew more than a few eyes, as he shook his head vigorously, his eyes still wide, "I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?"

And Jesus answering said unto him, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness."

When God speaks, men must obey.

Even Estelle drew closer, the sound of the stones crushing under her feet drowned out by the sloshing of water against the hem of His garment.

Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Robert clutched his sister's hand, not caring who saw him. What manner of Man was this?

 


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