JESUS’S BAPTISM

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MUSINGS – December 27, 2018

JESUS’ BAPTISM

Matthew 3:13-17
Then Jesus appeared. He came from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to stop him and said, “I need to be baptized by you. Why are you coming to me?” Jesus answered him, “This is the way it has to be now. This is the proper way to do everything that God requires of us.” Then John gave in to him. After Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up from the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down as a dove to him. Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love–my Son with whom I am pleased.”

I’ve studied this section for years and I’m still confused. Oh I’ve thought of several reasons why Jesus might have come to John to be baptized.

1. It added prestige to John’s message. Although Jesus hadn’t really begun his public ministry at this point.

2. Jesus always leads by example. He was going to ask his followers to baptized also.

3. I even compared this the the old testament day of atonement when the priest summit laid the sins of the people on the scapegoat which was them sent into the wilderness (as Jesus was about to do).

4. Maybe it was all just the lead up to a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love–my Son with whom I am pleased.”

God bless you everyone, And to all a good night.

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