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Feast of The Baptism of Jesus

January 12, 2020

We will celebrate this feast next Sunday 12th January.

This baptism was a very public one and was recorded for all generations to know about and under-stand, and it is important for several reasons.

  • First, it pictures His death and resurrection.
  • Second, it symbolizes the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
  • Third, it marks His first public identification with those whose sins He would bear.
  • Fourth, the event was a public affirmation of His Messiahship by the testimony that came directly from heaven.

Water baptism is used as a way to identify.

In Jesus’ day, when a Gentile would convert to Judaism, he would have to be publicly baptised to identify him as a convert.

Obviously, Jesus was not converting to anything. Jesus’ baptism was an identification of Jesus with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was baptised to publicly announce Himself as God’s Son, and to pronounce the beginning of His ministry with the Holy Spirit’s power.

Jesus did not “need” the Holy Spirit. However, to set an example for us, Jesus emptied Himself and relied upon the Holy Spirit’s power.

Jesus’ baptism and reliance upon the Holy Spirit is an example that we are to follow in our own lives.

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