You would think that in a dream that featured angels and a vision of heaven and a vision of God, not to mention a glimpse into the future at a family that didn’t yet exist, and a nation that didn’t yet exist, the magnitude of whose influence would literally touch and span all human history, you would think in a dream like that, the very last thing worth getting excited about would be an oridinary, standard, run of the mill staircase.
What we might not understand at first, however, is why Jesus wanted to be baptized. He had no sins that needed to be washed away. He had nothing to be repentant about. John picked up on that right away: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus answered, “Let it be so now.” He did it for us - for each of us! No, he didn’t have to be baptized for the forgiveness of his sins. But he was baptized anyway. He stood in line with the others who were there. He wanted the world to know that he was willingly standing with sinners, in the place of sinners.
First and foremost, the object of our faith is Jesus. We know and believe in Jesus and what he has done for us. And along with that trust, comes trust in all other promises that he has made in his Word. It’s not our faith that is strong. It is the object of our faith that is strong, and he is the One who saves! Maybe “strong” or “weak” aren’t the best descriptors of faith. We are always weak. But God is always strong! On our own, we are nothing, and wouldn’t have faith at all. But by God’s grace we believe, we have faith. It’s not a question of “how much”, therefore, but “in whom” we believe.
Life can get ugly; our life can get messy; sin and sinful desires are what we all battle, even the strongest of Christians; sometimes we triumph over temptation with Christ’s help; sometimes we don’t; and I don’t want to undermine the seriousness of "when we don’ts" by giving the impression that sin is not something serious in the life of God’s people because it is. But sin has been defeated by Jesus when he came to this world as God’s ambassador on our behalf.