John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. – Mark 1:4 ESV
Today I’m focused on “baptism of repentance”. “Baptisma(G908) metanoia(G3341)” from the Greek. “Immersion (submersion) of a change of mind”.
My take on it is this: we need to submerse ourselves in repentance. To get on our knees and plead our sins before the throne. To declare our unworthiness to our Maker. And to vow to change, to set our minds on change. To decide, “I’ll never do that again.”
It makes me think of Ninevah.
“5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. 7 He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. 8 But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. 9 Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.” – Jonah 3:5-10 (NASB)
In my mind and heart “baptism of repentance” means exactly that.