Message of the Day: Jesus’ Baptism – A Public Declaration of His Devotion to God and His Solidarity with the Sinful Human Beings
Text: Matthew 3:13-17
Key Verse: Matthew 3: 15
But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. (NKJV)
When Jesus approached John to be baptized, John hesitated, because he knew Jesus was superior to him in character, status and authority. But Jesus insisted. He wanted to begin his ministry with a public declaration of his devotion to God. Baptism was an act of obedience carried out by those who declared themselves on the side of God and his righteousness. Jesus was baptized to show that, like all the faithful, he was obedient to God and he intended to carry out all God’s purposes.
The baptism of Jesus marked the beginning of Christ’s Messianic ministry. There were several reasons for his baptism: (1) as mentioned in the text, it was “to fulfill all righteousness.” The baptism indicated that he was consecrated to God and officially approved by him, as especially shown in the descent of the Holy Spirit and the words of the Father. All God’s righteous requirements for the Messiah were fully met in Jesus. (2) At Jesus’ baptism John publicly announced the arrival of the Messiah and the inception of his ministry. (3) By his baptism Jesus completely identified Himself with man’s sin and failure, although he himself did needed no repentance and cleansing from sin), it displayed his solidarity not only with the faithful minority of Israel but also with the human race in general.
His baptism was an example to his followers and to all of us in general.
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