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December 12, 2018, 3:00 PM

Jesus' baptism


Mark 1:9-11 tells of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. 

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

From this passage, we learn some important details about Jesus.

  1. During the time of John the Baptist’s ministry at the Jordan river, Jesus came from Nazareth to be baptized. Matthew’s gospel tells us that John tried to prevent this by saying “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Matthew 3:14. But Jesus responded, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Jesus sought to be baptized — not because he was guilty of any sin nor did he need to repent — but because he wanted to please his heavenly Father in every way. Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness.
  2. We’re told in verse 16 that “when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water.” John baptized people in the water. And John’s baptism was full immersion. Jesus came up out of the water. Jesus was not sprinkled with water by John. Nor did Jesus merely get soaked up to his waist. This is why Baptists observe baptism by immersion in the water. In Romans 6:3-4, the Apostle Paul describes the believer’s baptism as identifying with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection. Baptism is a picture of a believer following Jesus: dying to his old self and being raised to walk in newness of life in Jesus.
  3. Jesus’ baptism affirms the trinity of God. Three in one. God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. “And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’”
  • If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, have you obeyed Jesus by following him in baptism? Baptism is a public declaration that you are a follower of Jesus. Baptism says your former way of life is gone; you are a now being made new in Christ. Have you done this?
  • While the term ‘trinity’ is not used in the Scriptures, this passage is evidence that there are three persons in the Godhead. What other passages of Scripture demonstrate this?
  • Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

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