Matthew 3:13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

The passages here are short and sweet. The common reader looks at this and says “great, Jesus was baptized. That’s nice…on to chapter 4.” Hold on there a second! Let’s dive into this:

What we are seeing is another example of Old Testament prophecy coming true through Jesus. People are beginning to realize that the things said in Isaiah are in fact happening, and all these things are happening to the same man! A few things happen here that are key to point out…

1. John the baptist realizes that he is not the one that should be baptizing Jesus but it should be the other way around in fact (side note: baptism is obviously a traditional symbolization of dying to one’s self…shown by dunking or “drowning” the person…and then being brought into new life after being brought up from the water).

2. Jesus says to John that this is the prophecy of Isaiah from God the father and this is how it is to be. Prophecy…fulfilled!

3. Jesus is rewarded by his father for his obedience and this references text from Psalms that the Jews were most definitely familiar with where God claims His Son. This also begins to enlighten people to the Holy Trinity.

This passage shows that Jesus has identified with the people to show the importance of dying to one’s self, becoming alive in the Spirit again and then seeing favor in God’s eyes as his Son. It fulfills the prophecy that Jesus will be the one to follow the path to crucifixion as well. It’s simple really guys. The significance of dying to one’s self is critical to follow the Lord and devote yourself to Him. It is a daily thing where we must remind ourselves that we are hardly worthy of the grace He gives us and that even though we often believe that we are the ones in control, like John was as far as baptisms, eventually we have to realize that we are not the ones controlling Jesus, but rather that He has plans for us if we are able to allow ourselves to become His sons.

~MB

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