Texts: Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:4-12, Luke 3:21-23, John 1:29-34.
All 4 gospels reference the baptism of Jesus. Last week we talked about Jesus birth and His humanity. When He was baptized it appears he was approximately 30 years old (Luke 3:23).
One great question is “Why was Jesus baptized?” This is especially curious for those who believe that baptism (even John’s baptism) was for the remission of sin. See Mark 1:4, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16. This raises an interesting question because Jesus had no __________________ (Hebrews 4:15).
What explanation did Jesus give to John for why He wanted to be baptized (Matt 3:15)? What do you understand theses words to mean?
Yes, baptism is for the remission of sin, but that is not all that it is about (in the case of Jesus or in our case). What else did Jesus baptism accomplish? See Mark 1:10-12 and John 1:33-34.
Look closely at Luke 3:21-33 and compare the ideas in these verses with our own experience. What happened in the case of Jesus that also happens to us (if not literally, in someway comparable) when we are baptized?
Next week: A closer look at the temptation of Jesus.
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