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by Paul Bonner

Matthew 3:13-17

At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River so that John would baptize him. 14 John tried to stop him and said, “I need to be baptized by you, yet you come to me?”

15 Jesus answered, “Allow me to be baptized now. This is necessary to fulfill all righteousness.”

So John agreed to baptize Jesus. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting on him. 17 A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.”

 

Key Verse:

When Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting on him. A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.” —Matthew 3:16-17

 

Commentary:

John had been preaching a gospel of repentance, preparing people in a humble approach to serving and worshiping God. Jesus came to be baptized by John, in support of this approach. Jesus didn’t need to be cleansed of sin; his baptism was an inauguration of his ministry. In a reference to Isaiah 42:1, God spoke to and about his one and only Son, Jesus the Christ. This wasn’t a name change, but a reaffirmation of God’s anointing and announcement of the coming kingdom. To be beloved by God—to be one who is pleasing to our Creator, on whom rests much favor—is the most precious label we could ever hope to receive.

 

Questions to Discuss:

Who is John and why is he important?

What does this passage reveal about who God is?

Why should we remember this important moment about Jesus and his ministry?

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