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Mark 1:9-11

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him[a] like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.'” v. 9-11 (NLT)

What a powerful picture!  Jesus getting Baptized and God speaking from Heaven declaring that Jesus was His beloved son gives me goose bumps even thinking about it.  But why is this so important.  I mean Jesus had the whole God thing going on … why did he need to be baptized?

Well the truth be told, he didn’t need to be baptized but he did it for a couple of reasons.

  1. He was baptized to begin His Earthly ministry.
  2. He was baptized to validate and support John’s ministry
  3. He was baptized to identify with our sinful nature.
  4. He was baptized to set us an example for us to follow

Today, baptism is a picture of what Jesus has done for us by going to the cross, being put in a grave, and then raising himself from the grave three days later.  Believers Baptism is simply an outward expression of an inward commitment.  It’s a public testimony of salvation (being rescued from sin) and the work of the Gospel (believing, receiving, and becoming like Christ) in a persons life. Baptism is the first step of obedience for the Christ Follower.  You will never be more like Jesus, than when you do the things Jesus did.  Baptism was important for Him, and should be just as important for us.

Today, Have you been rescued from your sin by putting your faith in Christ and surrendering to Him as Lord and Savior?  Have you followed His example and been baptized to show on the outside what He has done and is doing on the inside?

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