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In today’s Christian Religious Studies class, We will be discussing The Baptism of Jesus. We hope you enjoy the class!
The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:3-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22)
When Jesus was about thirty years old, He was directed by the Holy Spirit to go to River Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist in order to prepare Him for His work as the Messiah.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him, he recognized Him as the Messiah and Saviour. But John refused to baptize Jesus because he knew He had no sin to confess.
John said to Jesus “I need to be baptized by You and why do You come to me”. Jesus replied, “let it be so now, for it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness” And John the Baptist baptized Him.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him.”
Baptism is a religious rite of immersion (dipping ) in water. Baptism is one of the Christian sacraments which make us full members of the Christian body. It is a sign that the person being baptized has repented of his or her sins, has faith in Jesus Christ and now wants to join the church.
There are three parts to baptism, namely
- Our part: repentance, faith in Jesus and dedication to God
- God’s part: forgives our sins and accepts us as his beloved children
- Church’s part: takes us as a member and teaches us God’s way.
Jesus baptism was to obey the will of God, be an example and share in human experiences
Baptism in the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches
In the Pentecostal/Charismatic churches, we are baptized when we must have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour.
Then we receive the Holy Spirit from Jesus and begin to speak in tongues as a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. We are advised to remain faithful to Jesus Christ to the very end of our lives.
The Significance of the Baptism
- Jesus was baptized in order to identify with the sinners he had come to save.
- The Holy Spirit He received during His baptism helped Him to succeed in His ministry.
- The voice of God that called Jesus Son of God confirmed Him as the Messiah and Saviour.
- Jesus allowed Himself to be baptized by John, to show that He is humble.
- It was a call to His public ministry.
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