|(Life of Christ, Part 4)
JESUS OF NAZARETH: HIS BAPTISM
1. Luke 2:49-52 - 18 yrs. passed by in Jesus' life in almost total
2. But now, the last carpenter's contract is completed, his tools are
put away, and at the age of 30 (Lk. 3:23) He sets His face toward the work of human
redemption His heavenly Father had given Him.
a. Lk. 2:49 - "I must be about my Father's
b. Matt. 3:13 - Voluntarily begins that business.
3. Matt. 3:13-17 - From His baptism, we not only learn the events
surrounding it, but also its purposes and some practical lessons for each of us.
I. THE EVENTS OF JESUS' BAPTISM - Matt. 3:1-17.
A. News Of John's Preaching Must Have Reached Jesus' Ears.
1. v. 1-2 - Message: Repent because the kingdom (rule) of
heaven was at hand (Kingdom of Jehovah and His Messiah - Psa. 2).
2. v. 3-4 - Appointed by God.
3. v. 5-12 - Purpose of his baptism: Baptism of repentance
unto remission of sins - Lk. 3:3 (Acts 19:4; Mk. 1:4).
4. v. 13 - Jesus goes to John to be baptized.
B. John's Reply - v. 14.
-Hesitates at the contradictory scene.
C. Jesus' Request Honored By John - v. 15.
D. Events At Jesus' Baptism - v. 16-17.
1. Heaven opened - Holy Spirit as a dove came upon Him.
2. Voice of approval from heaven.
II. WHY WAS JESUS BAPTIZED BY JOHN?
A. Consider Some Things For Which He Was Not Baptized:
1. Not for remission of sins - Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:22.
2. Not to ordain Him into His priestly office -
become deity (cf. the Gnostic, Cerinthus), Jno. 1:1, 14.
4. Why was He baptized?
B. To Fulfill All Righteousness - Matt. 3:15.
1. Lk. 3:2-3 - Inasmuch as God had authorized John to preach
and baptize (Jno. 1:33) -- Submission to John's baptism was an essential item in doing
the Fathers will.
a. Matt. 21:25 - Very reason for His compliance!
b. Psa. 40:7-8 - Reason He came was to do the Fathers
2. Consequences if He had not submitted to John's baptism:
a. Omitted obeying a positive command of God (Jas. 4:17).
b. Have thus sinned and forfeited His role as Messiah!
c. Lk. 7:30 - Would have been aligned w/ religious hypocrites
of His day!
C. It Occasioned His Anointing With The Holy Spirit - Matt.
3:16-17; Acts 10:38.
1. cf. Messiah - Isa. 42:1; 61:1-2 (Lk. 4:18ff).
2. With baptism, Jesus enters His work w/ heavenly
endorsements (Holy Spirit; Voice of the Father)!
D. To Manifest Himself To Israel - Jno. 1:31-34.
1. v. 32-33 - Enabled John to identify Him.
2. v. 34 - To then bear witness of Him to Israel.
III. LESSONS FROM CHRIST'S BAPTISM.
A. Obedience Before Convenience - Matt. 3:13.
1. Nazareth to Judea (3:1) - Approx. 60 miles.
2. cf. Argument against immersion: It is
3. Acts 24:25 - Faith acts out of conviction, not convenience.
B. What Baptism Is: Immersion - Mk. 1:10.
1. Necessarily implies He went down into water.
2. Consider these points against sprinkling/pouring:
a. Went to the water, instead of having water brought to Him.
b. He went to "much" water (Jno. 3:23).
C. The Necessity Of Baptism - cf. Matt. 3:15.
1. Jesus viewed it as a necessary part of righteousness!
2. Two aspects of baptism to notice here:
a. Remission of sins - Mk. 1:4; Acts 2:38.
b. Act of obedience to a positive command of God - Mk. 16:16;
3. We must see its necessity and see that failure to do so
results in remaining in sin!
D. Baptism Provides a New Beginning.
1. Jesus - His baptism signaled a new part of His life -
Mission as Messiah.
2. Believers - New life in Christ - Jno. 3:3, 5; Gal. 3:27; 2
3. Must live like new creatures! - Rom. 12:1-2
E. The Importance Of Obedience.
1. Jesus based His baptism upon this principle - Matt. 3:15.
2. Matt. 7:21; Heb. 5:9 - Without obedience, we only give
lipservice to God!
1. Jno. 3:26-30- With His baptism, the "increase" of Jesus'
visibility and activity began.
2. From it, we must learn the importance of dutiful obedience
the emphasis of right conduct in our lives.