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Mark 1:1-13

“John announced: ‘Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!’” v. 7-8

The prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would have someone preparing the people for His coming. This someone was who we call John the Baptist. John was calling people to repentance and baptizing them to show outwardly that they had repented from their sin and were turning to God.

John knew his mission: declare the coming of the Messiah! One day as John was baptizing, Jesus comes to be baptized. Jesus didn’t have to be baptized because he hadn’t sinned, and well, He had the whole God things going on. But Jesus was baptized for a couple of reasons.

(1) His Baptism marked the beginning of His earthly Ministry to bring Salvation to all people.

(2) His Baptism showed support of John Ministry.

(3) His Baptism allowed him to identify with us, sinners who needed salvation, forgiveness of sin.

(4) His Baptism gave us an example to follow.

Later, the church would use Baptism as a way to show on the outside what Jesus had done on the inside, changing a persons heart. Baptism is a symbol of Jesus Death, Burial and Resurrection. When someone is baptized they are showing people that:

(1) They Believe they are a sinner in need of a savior.

(2) They Believe Jesus to be the Savior of the world.

(3) They Believe Jesus is the only way to experience this Salvation.

(4) They have put their Faith and Hope in Him and plan to live the rest of their life for Him.

Have you experienced Jesus in this way? Have you followed the example of Christ by being Baptized?

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