Then John gave this testimony: "This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me." John testifies that Jesus is the eternal God. Look at verse 31. "I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." It is interesting to know that John did not know who the Christ was when he began his mission as the forerunner. John simply began preaching and baptizing by faith. But one day, as he was baptizing, Jesus came to him. Unlike others, who looked shameful and guilty as they came and confessed their sins, Jesus was holy and pure. Jesus had no sins to confess. Recognizing this, John hesitated to baptize Jesus. But Jesus insisted that it be done. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, something amazing happened. "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, "The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit." Here we learn two things. First, we can come to know Christ personally when we accept the word of God and experience the work of the Holy Spirit. When God sent John to prepare the way for the Lord, he did not tell him who the Lord was. But he told him that the Spirit would come down from heaven and remain on him. John held this word from God in his heart and watched for the Christ day by day. At last the Holy Spirit fulfilled the word and John recognized Jesus. John testified, "This is the Son of God." We must accept the word of God by faith, then the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to see Jesus, the Son of God. Second, we learn that Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, he bums away our sins and purifies our souls. The Holy Spirit enables us to live a powerful and active life for the glory of God. We learn that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Let's accept this word of God by faith and ask the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.