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  • In The Footsteps Of The Master:The Life and Times of Jesus ChristThe Baptism of Jesus November 2, 2008www.FootstepsOfTheMaster.info

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  • Interesting FactDid You Know?The oldest city under an American Flag is named for John the BaptistWhat City is it?San Juan, Puerto RicoOriginally the entire island was named San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist)Official Commonwealth motto is: His name is John, quoted from Luke 1:63

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  • Jordan RiverThe only river of real size in IsraelMany key Biblical events occurred hereWhen Israelites entered the Promised Land they crossed it on dry land (during flood stage)Elijah and Elisha both performed miracles AND God in the flesh was baptized in its waters

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  • Jordan River

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  • Jordan River

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  • Synoptic AccountsRead Mark 1:9-11Marks narrative reveals the theological difficulty posed by this eventJohn offered a baptism of repentance (Mark1:4, Luke 3:3)Jesus submitted to itDoesnt Jesus action indicate that he sinned?Some, of course answered affirmativelyThis notion contradicts the early and widespread belief. 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4:14-15

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  • Synoptic AccountsOthers John baptized were described as confessing their sins Mark 1:5, Matt 3:6Not so with Jesus Read Matthew 3:13-17In this account the author seems prompted to expand the storyJesus seems to talk John into baptizing Him

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  • Synoptic AccountsRead John 1:29-34The most common explanation is that Jesus was baptized to set an example for othersWhy demonstrate baptismEspecially in light of the mixed message that might be sent?This also shed little light on the divine response that follows Short Video Clip from John

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  • Washbasin ExplanationRead Luke 3:21-23, then Mark 1:5This is a sizeable population (1:5)People gathered along shore, publicly confessed their sin, and immersedThey were theoretically free of their sinsWhere did there sins go?Into the water (some argue literally or figuratively, but makes no difference here)

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  • Washbasin ContinuedJesus enters the pictureThe only One without sinThink of the Jordan as a washbasinIf those dirty are made clean by its watersThen the one who is clean is rendered dirtyJesus taking the sinsthe Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)

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  • Pivotal EventGod says This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleasedPossibly pleased that Jesus has willingly shouldered the transgressions of all the peopleFrom this point on Jesus will demonstrate his capacity to forgive individuals their sinsSomething not exhibited prior to His baptismSatan immediately tries to dissuade Him in the Temptation of Jesus

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  • Why Was Jesus Baptized?

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  • Why Was Jesus Baptized?Matthew 3:13-15Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordancoming to John, to be baptized by him.But John tried to prevent Him, saying, I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?But Jesus answering said to him,Permitit at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted Him.To fulfill all righteousnessWhat does that mean?

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  • Jesus HumanityJesus baptism identifies Him with those He came to saveThere was no need for the sinless Messiah, 100% Son of God, to seek forgiveness of sins or repentanceYet His 100% humanity led Him to participate with usPhilippians 2:5-8Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,butemptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,and being made in the likeness of men.

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  • Jesus Example For UsWe encounter those who argue that linking baptism to salvation amounts to salvation by worksYet, if the Creator of the Universe humbled Himself in submission to baptism even when it was not necessary for Him to do so (at least in the salvation sense) who could possibly argue that sinful men should not?Pride would have to be the hindrance

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  • Descending of the SpiritMatthew 3:16-17After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a doveand lighting on Him,and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, This isMy beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.Psalm 2:7I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

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  • The Chosen ServantIsaiah 42:1-4Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen onein whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or raiseHis voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.

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  • The Anointed OneIsaiah 61:1-2The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn Jesus will later quote this passage in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-19)

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  • Anointing of David1 Samuel 16:12-13bSo he sent and brought [David] in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he.Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.

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  • The Anointed MessiahMalachi 4:5-6Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.He will restore the hearts of the fathers totheir children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.As the great prophets Samuel and Elijah anointed kings among men, the second Elijah anointed the King of Kings at the beginning of His earthly ministry

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  • Next WeekThe Temptation of Jesus

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