A Few Quick things we can learn: It required him going down into water. (3:16) The Holy Spirit descended upon him when he was baptized. (3:16) The Father proclaims Christ as His son and offers blessing (3:17) John the Baptizer tried to prevent him (3:13) WHY JESUS HAD TO BE BAPTIZED?
Jesus was NOT baptized… As a sign of repentance (Matt. 3:1-2, 6-8; Mark 1:4-5) Jesus had no sin (1 Peter 2:22) Upon a confession of sin (Mark 1:5) For the remission of sins (Mark 1:4) WE ARE DEALING WITH THE PERFECT JESUS!!!
Jesus was Baptized to… Fulfill all righteousness (Matt. 3:15) Psalm 119:172 Please the father John 6:38 John 8:29 Matt. 3:17 To Enter his ministry Jesus had not yet begun his ministry at this point. John had doing the preaching. Matt 4 Jesus is tempted. In Matt. 4:17 Jesus began to preach. Jesus’ inauguration.
Jesus was Baptized to… Reveal Himself to Israel Isaiah 42:1 Jesus’ baptism and the descent of the Holy Spirit showed that the Messiah had come (Matthew 3:16). John 1:29-32 (a declaration of who Jesus was) Reveal Himself to John John 1:31-34
The Perfect Jesus Was Baptized to: Fulfill all righteousness Please his father Enter into his ministry Reveal himself to Israel Reveal himself to John Possibly allude to role as priest
Imperfect Men Resist doing what Jesus did willingly! This is nothing new (Luke 7:28-30) Those who resist baptism may fall into two groups Some refuse to serve God in any way Others claim to serve God but refuse Baptism to be saved. Arguing against the very words of Christ and his disciples (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Pet. 3:21; Acts 22:16; Gal. 3:26-27; col. 2:12) Some believe this b/c they have been taught wrong. What a contrast to…
Imperfect Men Some will hold to the death what they have been taught and will refuse to be questioned. Some will make charges against you if you question them. Jesus had answers for why he was baptized (all supported by scripture) Some will give reasons for baptism but none of them are supported by scripture. What a contrast to…
A Grievous Problem This is a problem in our religious world that needs to be recognized. People who have recently been baptized will have accusations made. Hope given: Man can have a change of heart The real point: A change of heart towards Jesus!! Jesus was willing to submit to the father (Phil. 2:8) Are we willing to do the same?