The Baptism of Jesus Christ

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January 12, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Did you remember your day of baptismCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... »? Did you experience faithHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » before your baptism? Or were your parents“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » or godparents believed in ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... », and your baptism was a result of their faith? Or your baptism was just part of the tradition?

The Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » used in vv.14, 16 is baptizo meaning “to dip or to plunge.” Two of its common uses were to describe the drowning of a person and the sinking of a ship (Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels).

BACKGROUND OF BAPTISM

PossibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » antecedents of ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » Baptism:Baptism-of-Christ1

(1) Pagan Washings. The use of waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » either by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling was common in Greco-Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » Paganism. They used water as ceremonial cleansing before they entered a sacred precinct.

 

(2) Jewish practices. The lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » required bathing in water to remove various impurities (Lev.11:24, 32; 14:6-16; 15:5-27; Num 19:17-20).

and are unclean. Anyone who touches their carcasses becomes unclean until evening.” (Lev 11:24).

Furthermore, anything on which they fall upon when they’re deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » becomes unclean, whether on an article of wood, clothing, skin, or a sack. And any vessel used for any work is to be washed in water, because it has become unclean until evening.” (Lev 11:32).

Baptism was also practiced when a non Jew or gentile joined Judaism. “The JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » were accustomed to say of a heathen proselyte, on his public admission into the Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » faith BY BAPTISM, that he was a new-born child” (Jamieson, Fausset and Brown).

(3) The Practice of John the Baptist. Unlike the Jewish washings which were selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »-immersions, JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » administered baptism to others. John’s baptism is baptism of repentanceNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » for the remission of sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » (Mark 1You Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... »:4). The baptism of John was phased out when the disciplesThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » practice baptism in the nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of Jesus613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » Christ. Actually in the early stage of ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... », those who were baptized by John must be re-baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 19:2-5).

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

When John the BaptistThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » was baptizing his followers in the Jordan river, Jesus came to the river, and asked John that He wanted to be baptized. Since John’s baptism is baptism of repentance he told to Jesus that “I need to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?” (Mt. 3:14). However, Jesus replied the following:

“Let it be this way for now, because this is the proper way for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt. 3:15).

(1) Jesus showed his humility in baptism. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized but He opted to be baptized by His follower, John the Baptist. This shows great humilityPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » in the person of Jesus. As ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » we need to be humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », and show to the worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » that we are followers of Jesus ChristThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... ». We can show humility in our daily lives, outside or inside our sanctuary, in our workplaces, in our schools, everywhere.

 

(2) Jesus showed a paradigm for His followers. He didn’t need to be baptized but he underwent the baptism of John to show His followers then and now that we need to be baptized. Baptism must be done to show our faith and obedienceThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » to Jesus. Christian baptism doesn’t cleanse your sins, but it shows publicly that your sins are already forgiven! Baptism is an outside signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » of an inward nature. “It is not only a sign of profession and markPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » of difference whereby Christians are distinguished from others that are not baptized; but it is a sign of regeneration or new birthGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... »”(UMC“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » Book of Discipline).

 

Martin Luther613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » explains further our baptism based on Romans 6:3-4:

 

“It signifies that the old person in us with all sins and evil desires is to be drowned through daily sorrow for sin and repentance, and that daily a new person is to come forth and rise up to live before God in righteousness and purity forever” (The Lutheran Handbook).

THE APPROVAL OF GOD

In our passage, GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... »’s approval of Jesus’ baptism was shown when the SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of God descended to Jesus and the FatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » spoke: “This is my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with him!” (Mt. 3:17). This is also the affirmation that the MessiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » is the Son of GodThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... » and consequently part of the Holy TrinityThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... ».

The baptism of Jesus was also the beginning of his being the High PriestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » (Heb. 4:14), like the “baptism” of Aaron and his sons.

We are told that, by God’s instruction, “MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » brought Aaron and his sons forward and washed them with water” (Lev. 8:6). And afterwards, during that ceremony Moses “poured some of the anointing oil“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him” (Leviticus 8:12).

This act “ordained” Aaron’s ministryLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » as High PriestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... ». When Aaron and his sons were washed with water, and anointed with oil, they began their priesthood. They were empowered to make sacrifices, and to manage holy things as God’s representatives.

At that point (their “baptism”) God put His mark of approval on the ministry of Aaron and his sons.

CONCLUSION

I believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » all of us here today experienced baptism in the name of the Father and of the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » and of the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ». Thus, we are new creatures of God. Our baptism reveals our faith in Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:16, Jesus says He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

The following storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » is lifted from Sermoncentral.com:

jefffredahmer1Jeffrey Dahmer was a convicted murderer and cannibal who cooked and ate his victims. You don’t really get much more heinous than that. He was awarded 16 lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » sentences. While in prisonThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », Dahmer met with Roy Ratcliff, a minister with the ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of Christ in Madison, Wisconsin, and turned his life over to Jesus Christ.

He was baptized in prison, knowing that he would never leave prison alive. He had nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » to gain in this life, but everything to gain in the next.

We may scoff at jailhouse conversions, but within months of Dahmer’s baptism, people noticed a Christian spirit in him. His father and pen pals noticed the difference, and his father, who had left the church, has since been restored as a faithfulThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » member. Dahmer’s younger brother also had a conversion experience of his own.

Dahmer was killed in prison by a fellow inmate a few months after his baptism. At his memorial serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... », along with his own familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » and several Christians, two sisters of one of his victims attended, having grown close to Dahmer’s family after their brother’s deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... ».

That may have been Dahmer’s last chance for repentance, and he took it.

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