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Chapter 3: Return to Your Source

Matthew 3

1 In those days came John the Baptist,
preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 And saying,
“Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand.”

11 “I indeed baptize you with water
unto repentance: but he that cometh
after me is mightier than I,
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:
he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,
and with fire.”

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee
to Jordan unto John, to be
baptized of him.

14 But John forbade him, saying,
”I have need to be baptized of thee,
and comest thou to me?“

15 And Jesus answering said unto him,
“Suffer it to be so now: for thus
it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he suffered him.

16 And 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.

17 And lo, a voice from heaven,
saying, “This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.”

I have heard a story. It happened in the days of knights and castles.

A young Englishman was searching for his fortune, wandering all over the land. Tired, he paused under a tree near a castle to rest. The duke of the castle was passing by. He stopped and inquired why the young man was waiting there, what he was looking for. The young man said, “I am an architect and I am in search of employment.”

The duke was very pleased because he needed an architect. He said, “You come with me. You be my architect, and whatsoever your needs are, they will be fulfilled from my castle and from the land. You can live like a really rich man. But be faithful, and remember one thing: if you leave, you will have to leave as empty-handed as you are coming in.”

The young man agreed. Weeks passed and then months and he worked faithfully, and the duke was very pleased with him. All his needs were fulfilled, he was looked after - he really lived like a rich man in the castle. But by and by he started feeling uneasy. In the beginning it was not clear what the cause of it was, because in fact there was no cause to be uneasy, every need was taken care of. It was like a cloud surrounding him, a heaviness, the feeling of something being missed. But not knowing exactly what it was he was confused. Then one day it flashed like lightning before him - he understood the cause. He went to the duke and said that he was leaving.

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