The Son Of God Is Baptized!


Part 1a: 25 min


Part1b: 21 min


Full Message:


Main Passage: Matthew 3:17

“John the Baptist was the prophet who prepared the way for Jesus’ public ministry. John prepared the way by preaching a message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and by baptizing people as a sign of their allegiance to God. Jesus chose to be baptized, even though He was sinless, in order to identify with His sinful people and provide an example of righteousness. Similarly, Christian baptism symbolizes our union with Christ in His death and resurrection and marks us out as God’s people.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

In His baptism, The son of God, Jesus the Christ, through The Spirit’s power, identifies with His sinful people.

Christ Connection:

Jesus’ baptism shows us that Jesus completely obeyed God and identified with sinners by being baptized like sinners are baptized. His baptism points to His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. For those of us in Christ, the words spoken over Jesus at His baptism are also true of us— we are the Father’s beloved children in whom He takes delight.

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit, calls us to repent and be baptized as a sign of our identification with Jesus and His people.

“Every day presents another opportunity to realize afresh our need for the forgiveness that only Jesus can give—the One who identified with us through His baptism. Baptism is an act with several layers of meaning. John’s baptism focused on repentance and preparation for the coming kingdom. Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit goes further—symbolizing our sins being washed away; representing death, burial, and resurrection in Christ; and marking one’s formal entrance into a community of believers in Jesus.”

“Both by the words of the prophets and by John’s own preaching, this one thing is clear: he had arrived, making a way and preparing it beforehand. John was not bestowing the gift, which was the remission of sins, but preparing beforehand the souls of those who would receive the God of all.”  –John Chrysostom


4 comments so far

  1. sherwin scott on

    Who is the person giving the message today? She sounds as if she is from the Caribbean, possibly Barbados 🇧🇧! Please let me know. So that I can thank her for a good and passionate message.
    Sherwin Scott

    Sent from my iPad

    • tjbrassell on

      Hey Sherwin! Your ears are working well. This is pastor Ann Vinson of New Life and a native of Barbados. What passionate receiver and proclaimer of Jesus she is, and thank you for your response of encouragement!

      Grace and Peace!

  2. Sherwin Scott on

    Let Ann know that I have been listening to her in the United Kingdom where I live. My parents were born in Barbados, I was born in Trinidad & Tobago. I lived in Barbados for a short time. My brother who is 91 years old still lives there with his wife, who is 90 years! I am really looking forward to meeting John the Baptist in the Kingdom. Apart from Jesus Christ, the greatest human being who ever lived! (Matthew 11:11). He did not wear fine clothes, he did not live in a palace and he did not eat in gourmet restaurants! What a man, born with the Holy Spirit. I would like to share with you and Ann 1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into THE fellowship (or communion) of his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.” A calling that cannot be revoked or rescinded. It is irrevocable. (Romans 11:29). We have been called into the holy loving relationship of the great triune God. What a blessing, privilege and honour. Please thank Paul Kurts for his book “Trinitarian Letters”. Which I am now reading. I first saw it on your website under your Blogroll. I have purchased 12 books to give to friends of mine.

    • tjbrassell on

      Sherwin, I have passed on your comments to Ann and she is most grateful and encouraged! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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