Monday, October 07, 2002

Edifier du jour-Matthew 3:13-17(NASB)
13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" 15 But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."
It's interesting that Jesus got baptized, for he had nothing to repent of personally. At Golgotha, he took the sins of the world upon himself. Was he simply setting up a custom to follow, or did something more happen when he got dunked? God spoke audibly from Heaven that day, something that doesn't happen elsewhere in the Gospels. This baptism "fulfill[ed] all righteousness," so that coupled with the vote of confidence from God points to this as something significant. The message of repentance and remission of sins via baptism seems to be the significance; Jesus was giving a endorsement to John the Baptist's message in this way. Once Jesus had intimately identified Himself with that message, God officially gave the Father's Seal of Approval to the project

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