The Baptism of Jesus – Matthew 3:13-17

Today is Wednesday, May 19, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 54

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Bible Quiz – Do you know the Answer?

Q: As Isaac was dying and blind, who suggested that Jacob should steal the blessing?
A: Rebekah.

Q: How did Esau respond when his birthright was taken?
A: Threatened to kill Jacob.

Q: When Jacob met Laban, which daughter did he want to marry? 
A: Rachel.

Q: Who did Laban trick Jacob into marrying?
A: Leah.

Q: What did Laban make Jacob do to finally marry Rachel?
A: Work another seven years.

Q: Who was the first son Jacob had with Rachel?
A: Joseph

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Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 3:13-17,

   13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 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. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

 I want to have a WORD with you about The Baptism of Jesus

   Jesus’ baptism is also recorded in Mark 1:9–11 and in Luke 3:21–23.

   What do we learn about the baptism of Jesus in this section of Matthew’s Gospel? We learn the following:

  1. Jesus came to John to be baptized – v. 13

    Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

   I absolutely love the words, “Then Jesus Came…” I know that this is speaking of Him coming to be baptized, but think of these steps with me for just a moment:

  • Jesus came into the world
  • Jesus came to John the Baptist
  • Jesus came to save people from their sins
  • Jesus came to the cross of Calvary
  • Jesus will come a Second Time
  1. John tried to prevent Him from being baptized – v. 14

   And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

   Why did John try to prevent Jesus from being baptized? Because he knew that Jesus didn’t need to repent – He was the sinless Son of God.

   John the Baptist knew he was a sinner, and that if anyone needed to be baptized it was him.

  1. Jesus said to John to permit Him to be baptized – v. 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.

Jesus said to John the Baptist,

  • Permit it to be so
  • Allow it to happen
  • Suffer it to be so

  Why did Jesus push John the Baptist to baptize Him? Warren Wiersbe provides the following possible answers: 

  1. Approval of John the Baptist’s ministry.
  2. Jesus needed to identify with the people He was coming to save.
  3. His water baptism would pictures a greater baptism to come – the baptism of His suffering on the cross (Matthew 20:22; Luke 15:50.
  4. John baptized Jesus as He requested – v. 16-17

   When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

   From your reading of this passage what is the mode of baptism? It appears to me that it is total immersion, Going completely under water. Jesus came up out of the water.

   The Greek word for baptism is baptize, and it means to dip or to immerse in water.

   What three supernatural occurrences took place here?
  • The heavens were opened.

  What this means is that the heavens parted. I’m not sure of the significance here, but something supernatural is taking place.

  • The Spirit of God descended like a dove and alighting upon Him.

   Bible teachers tell us that the symbol of the Holy Spirit in the Bible is the dove. The dove is a picture of purity and peace (Matthew 10:6). The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Son (John 16:13-14).

   As I looked at the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus, I saw these three things:

  1. Spirit power
  2. Spirit peace
  3. Spirit presence
  • A voice from heaven spoke saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 

    Here we find the Father’s approval for the baptism of His Son.

   One author I was reading wrote, “In the past God spoke to His son; today He is speaking through His Son.”

   Are you aware that three times the Father speaks in the New Testament?

  1. Here at Christ’s baptism – Matthew 3:13-17
  2. At Christ’s Transfiguration – Matthew 17:3
  3. At Christ’s approach to the cross – John 12:27-30

   In these verses we have the Godhead (the Trinity):

  • The Father speaks
  • The Spirit descends
  • The Son is baptized

   You may wish to mark the margin of your Bible with a Triangle. I use this when I come across a verse where we see the Trinity.

Lessons for us Learners:  

  1. Like Jesus you must come to be baptized. Identify yourself as a follower of Jesus Christ.
  1. Don’t put baptism off. Now is your time for baptism.
  1. It is the right thing for you to do. It fulfills all righteousness.
  1. Once baptized live like you have been baptized. 
  1. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. 
  1. Baptism is a picture of the Gospel – death, burial, and resurrection.
  2. Baptism is TRINITY approved.

Remember, I am in touch, so you be in touch.

And as always, Dr. Robert Cook used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.”