June 14, 2024

The 3:16s

Matthew 3: 13-17 "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” ESV

   Baptism, it's talked about and seen in different ways. It's said by some to be a requirement of salvation, yet God says we're saved by grace through believeth on and in Jesus. Jesus was baptized, He is the Son of God, He didn't need to be saved He brought salvation to all who would believe. He had no sin, He died to pay the price of sin. So why did He insist on being baptized? Two reasons, first it was the first public declaration of who He was. When Jesus was baptized God declared this is My Son and when we are baptized we are saying the same thing. That we are children of God by receiving forgiveness of sin and being saved by our believing on and in Jesus Christ as our Lord. Second it was an example for us, that we are publicly to declare that we have been saved by Jesus. It is an outward expression of an inward happening. I'm just thinking, if Jesus has truly saved you why wouldn't you want to let everyone know just that? Jesus said everyone who acknowledges Him before others He will acknowledge them before God. Baptism is important and it gives you the chance to tell everyone you believe in Jesus as your Lord and savior and that He is your savior. It also may encourage someone else to receive Jesus as well.