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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


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