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Why Was Jesus Baptized?

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The Baptism of Jesus
Have you ever wondered why Jesus was baptized? John the Baptist had been called people to repent. But Jesus was sinless, right? Why did he get baptized? Why did John the Baptist baptize Jesus?

Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!” But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it. The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” (Matthew 3:13-17, MSG, emphasis added)

The baptism of Jesus was part of God’s salvation plan. Jesus was sinless and he did not need repentance. But he did it for us. When Jesus surrendered to God’s will and got baptized he took the sins of the world on him. This baptism started the process to the cross.

Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18, CEB)

Jesus was baptized for the same reason he went to the cross.
So we would know how much God loves us.
That we could be made alive by the Holy Spirit.

God indeed went to great lengths to bring us into his presence.
And God still goes to great lengths to get our attention.

No matter what God will not give up on us.
No matter what God will love us.

Let’s not keep him waiting on us!
Let’s run to Him!

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us!
We don’t deserve you.
But we receive your grave with gratitude.
Make us alive by your Spirit!
Keep us alive by your Spirit!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: The baptism of Jesus changed everything. Has Jesus changed everything in your life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you claim the grace of Christ to be yours!

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  • http://lisanotes.blogspot.com/ Lisa notes…

    I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the reason Jesus was baptized as clearly and meaningful as this:

    “Jesus was baptized for the same reason he went to the cross.
    So we would know how much God loves us.”

    Simply beautiful, Mari-Anna! Thank you. Have a blessed week!

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you kindly, Lisa! I appreciate your feedback. Bountiful Blessings to you, sis!

  • JosephPote

    A very nice summary, Mari-Anna, on a seldom discussed topic! I like how you put this:

    “This baptism started the process to the cross.”

    I find it significant that immediately afterwards Jesus was led into the wilderness, where He was tempted. And, that after His baptism, Jesus frequently referred to Himself as the Son of Man.
    His baptism seems to have included an identifying of Himself with Adam’s race and as Adam’s heir…walking in the authority that God gave to Adam, to rule over the earth.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Exactly! Thanks for getting the post! I was tempted to keep on writing about the temptations. It really is significant that right after his baptism he was led into temptations! That’s when he was truly one of us. His baptism indeed included an identifying with Adam’s race and Adam’s heir! That’s when he really took our sins on him. Thanks so much, Joseph, for sharing your thoughts. God’s salvation plan is so exciting. Abundant blessings to you and yours!

  • Margaret Feinberg

    That is a beautiful description and explanation, Mari-Anna.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      How sweet of you, Margaret. Thank you so much. Wonder-filled Blessings!

  • mario

    THE IMPORTANCE OF JESUS BAPTISM

    I have been asking the Lord “What is God’s Salvation Plan for our Generation”, the Lord showed me that BAPTISM is very important which every preacher leaves out not knowing its full meaning:

    Geneses 1, when the earth was formed it was related to a baptism.

    NOAH’S GENERATION SAVED THROUGH BAPTISM

    1 Peter 3:21 we see through Noah’s righteousness (God declared Noah righteous through his faith in him) his family was saved through BAPTISM, Noah’s and the flood referred as a baptism which now saves.

    MOSE’S GENERATION “ ISREALITES SAVED THROUGH BAPTISM “

    1 Corinthians 10: 1-6 we see through Moses righteousness (God declared Moses righteous through his faith in him) the Israelites were saved through BAPTISM as they were baptised into Moses through the red sea as a baptism.

    ABRAHAM’S GENERATION “ ISREALITES SAVED
    THROUGH CIRCMCISSION RELATED TO BAPTISM “

    Romans
    4:9
    –1″FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” we see through Abraham righteousness (God declared that he was righteous though his faith in him) the Jews though circumcision Abraham covenant with God.

    OU R GENERATION “ JESUS BAPTISM AND THE CROSS“

    Mathew 3:15 REASON FOR JESUS BAPTISM was “ to fulfill all righteousness”,
    we were all baptised into Jesus, everyone from Adam and Eve till the last
    person born before his return will be saved if we just have FAITH that Jesus has done everything for our salvation. By Jesus taking our sin had to die as wages of sin is death. JESUS HAD TO COMMIT THE OFFENCE BEFORE BEING PUNISHED BY DEATH (THE CROSS) DIED AND SHED HIS BLOOD. Do not forget John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God who takes the sins of the world a few times at his baptism.

    JESUS HAD TO HAVE TAKEN ON OUR SIN BEFORE THE CROSS. HE
    HAD TO HAVE TAKEN ON SIN AT HIS BAPTISM (Baptism has continually been shown throughout the Bible) here we must understand that John the Baptist, the high priest as Jesus said he was the greatest person that ever lived in the old testament. AS ALL NEW TESTIMENT ESPECIALLY HEBREWS 7-11 CLEARLY SHOW WHAT JESUS WAS TO
    FILFULL EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE TABANACLE.

    1 John 5;6-12,
    —— who came by the water and the blood (and the Spirit testifies) when
    Jesus come out of the water and the Spirit descended upon Jesus). His BAPTISM AND THE CROSS.

    Colossians 2:12 explicitly defined baptism as an
    act done through faith: “. . . having been buried with Him in baptism, in
    which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of
    God.” In baptism you were raised up with Christ through faith—your own
    faith,

    1Peter 3:21
    The apostle Peter, in his first letter, defined baptism this way, “. . .
    not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good
    conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

    TO END GODS WORD IS SO WONDERFULL.
    There is so much more that relates to this topic for example:

    If Jesus was total
    man then if he had taken our sins at his baptism just like the book of
    Leviticus, he could say to the cripple pick up your bed and walk your sins are forgiven, he knew he was carrying all our sins. Why would he be led to the wilderness after his baptism to be tested by Satan if he was GOD? The temptations would have meant nothing.
    Interesting, just like the lamb that was lead into the wilderness with Israel’s
    sins. At his baptism he was called the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

    SALVATION FOR OUR GENERATION 2013

    Once we believe by FAITH that are born again ACCCORDING TO SCRIPTURE from above according to the word of God (through his baptism and the cross) we receive the Holy Spirit and become his children. WE ARE SAVED THROUGH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOTHING THAT WE
    COULD OR CAN DO, FOR HE DIED FOR US WHEN WE WERE STILL SINNERS.

    WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH; PLEASE GET TO KNOW THE REAL MEANING OF TRUE FAITH, AS SOME FAITH OR WRONG
    FAITH WILL NOT GET YOU SAVED.

    WE WERE IMPUTED SIN BY ADAM AND EVE, NOW JESUS CHRIST HAS
    IMPUTED HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT WE ARE CLEARED ONCE AND FOR ALL FROM SIN, WE
    WERE SINNERS NOW WE ARE BORN AGAIN IN THE SPIRIT, AND THEREFORE WE ARE NOT
    SINNERS ANY MORE, JESUS TOOK OUR PASSED, PRESENT AND FUTURE SINS ONCE AND FOR
    ALL.

    PS HE IS NOT COMING BACK FOR SIN AS HE HAS DEALT WITH IT ONCE, HE IS COMING BACK FOR HIS BRIDE
    your comments would be greatly appreciated

  • steve

    SAVED LIKE THE PARALYTIC?

    The proponents of “FAITH ONLY” salvation like to present the paralytic as an example of one who had his sins forgiven without being baptized in water. Their position is, since Jesus forgave the paralytic without being immersed in water; so then, baptism is not essential, for those living today, in order to have sins forgiven.

    PARALYTIC SALVATION: Luke 5:18-20 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and set him him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus . 20 Seeing their faith , He said , “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

    PARALYTIC SALVATION: Jesus forgave his sin because of the faith of friends.

    Can men today be saved like the paralytic? No, they cannot!

    The paralytic was saved without FAITH.
    The paralytic was saved without REPENTANCE.
    The paralytic was saved without CONFESSING Jesus as the Son of God.
    The paralytic was saved without being BAPTIZED.
    The paralytic was saved without BELIEVING that God raised Jesus from the dead.
    The paralytic was saved without CONFESSING Jesus as Lord and Christ.

    THE PARALYTIC PLAN OF SALVATION WAS- THE FAITH OF FRIENDS.

    The paralytic was saved before the New Covenant was in force. Jesus had to die before the New Covenant was available.

    Men today have to meet the terms of the New Agreement, that is the New Covenant.

    NEW COVENANT: Hebrews 9:15-17 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For were a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who lives made it.

    The apostle Peter told all men how to be saved under the New Covenant. (Acts 2:22-41) A.D. 33 The Day of Pentecost.

    New Covenant terms of pardon.
    FAITH: John 3:16
    REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Luke 24:47
    CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
    BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16, Colossians 2:12-13, Titus 3:5, John 3:5, Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:3-7

    Was the paralytic saved? Yes, so was the thief on the cross, Enoch, Abraham, and many others before the New Covenant was in force, however, it was the blood of Jesus that washed away the sins of those who died under the Old Covenant.

    IF MEN TODAY CAN HAVE THEIR SIN FORGIVEN LIKE THE PARALYTIC—–THEN THEY CAN BE SAVED WITH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. HE WAS SAVED BECAUSE OF THE FAITH OF FRIENDS!

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