Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016


Matthew 3:13-17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Encouraging Words

There is so much that can be unpacked from this passage. Today, my focus is on the fact that Jesus chose to be baptised, an act done by people of His day to symbolise repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Jesus had no sin in His life. He had nothing to repent of. The reason that He "had" to be baptized was so that He could fully participate in the purification of mankind and bring us into His world of purity. When Jesus came up out of the waters of the Jordan, He brought up with Him, not only a renewed humanity, but the entirety of creation renewed by His incarnation. This was so prominent that the Trinity was fully revealed in this event just as it had been at the beginning of creation. Glory be to God!

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