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Jesus says you should be baptized - both in water and in the Holy Spirit

Before Jesus began his public ministry, John was baptizing people in the river Jordan. He told the crowds, "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me. . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matthew 3:11, NRSV)

The followers of Jesus also baptized people in water. (See John 4:1-3.)

After his resurrection, Jesus told his followers to continue the practice. "Go . . . and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20, NRSV)

As a result, even today people who want to follow Jesus are baptized as a sign of their commitment to him.

But Jesus also told people they should be baptized in the Holy Spirit, as John had prophesied. This was an amazing change in the life of the church.

Until the time of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was only given to a few individuals in a generation for specific assignments. But with the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit became available to everyone.

Jesus says all you have to do is ask for the Holy Spirit, and God who is good will answer that prayer.

If you don't know if Jesus is worth following, it would be good to read the New Testament to learn more about him.

If you are a follower of Jesus, be baptized in water and ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit.