Luke 3 Lesson

The Baptism Of Jesus

LUKE CHAPTER 3

In the third chapter of his Gospel, Luke writes about three things:

  1. The ministry of John the Baptist,
  2. The baptism of Jesus,
  3. The complete genealogy of Jesus going back to Adam in the Garden of Eden.

In today’s lesson, we will continue the theme of obedience, specifically as it relates to the baptism of Jesus.

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

Mathew records Jesus’ baptism as follows:

  • “Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming 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, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him.  After 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 dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Mathew 3:13-17.

Jesus was approximately thirty years old when He was baptized. That is worth noting. The next two scriptures provide context as to how old Jesus was when He was baptized:

  1. “Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,  and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.’”Luke 3:21-22.
  2. “When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age.” – Luke 3:23

The fact that these verses follow one another is significant because Luke wrote his gospel in chronological order, as pointed out in the first four verses of his gospel”

  • “It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” – Luke 1:3-4.

Is it significant that Jesus was not baptized as an infant?

The Bible does not answer that question directly. It simply says that His baptism was permitted, “To fulfill all righteousness.” – Mathew 3:15. It is in that same Spirit that we are to be baptized today.

FOUR SCRIPTURES ABOUT BAPTISM

  1. When we repent and are baptized, our sins are forgiven.  “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” – Acts 2:38a.
  2. We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38b.
  3. It is required to enter the kingdom of God.  Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5.
  4. Baptism, along with belief in Jesus saves us.  “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” – Mark 16:16.

THE OBEDIENCE OF JESUS

  1. Jesus always did what was right!
  2. He obeyed God, even when it was difficult.
  3. God asks us to do the same.

It pleases God when we obey His commands. Consider God’s reaction when Jesus was baptized:

  • The Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Luke 3:22.

If we love God, we should want to please Him. We should be working hard to one day hear the words, “Well done. Good and faithful servant.”

FIVE BIBLE VERSES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF OBEDIENCE

  1. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” - John 14:15.
  2. But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.” - Acts 5:29.
  3. “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance” - 1 Peter 1:14.
  4. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” - 1 John 5:3.
  5. “If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.” - Isaiah 1:19.

CONCLUSION

The bottom line is this, when we obey God, it pleases Him, and He will bless us. Not with the material things that we sometimes think we need, but in a much more significant way. We draw nearer to God and closer to spending eternity with Him!

The opposite also holds true.

When we disobey God, we draw further away from Him (Isaiah 59:2) and lessen our chances of going to Heaven. When we disobey God, He will discipline us.

Jesus always obeyed His Father. Even when things got hard, He obeyed Him. One of the ways that Jesus was obedient was in baptism. Jesus was baptized when He was approximately thirty years old, ““To fulfill all righteousness.” – Mathew 3:15.

Like Jesus, we are to be obedient to God’s commands. While none of us will keep them perfectly, we are to try with a sincere heart and righteous intentions.

Obedience in baptism is an important part of God’s plan for us, and one of the most important ways we show our love for Him.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “For I know the plans  I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” – Jeremiah 29:11.

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Today’s lesson really drove home for me how Jesus obeyed His Father even when it was really hard to do so.

I think of Jesus saying, “My God My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

And, “If possible, let this cup pass from Me. But not My will, but Your will be done.”

Just because it is difficult, that is no excuse to disobey God’s commands.

Jesus gave us the most powerful example when dying on the cross.

Compared to that, our struggles are much less severe.

So obeying God’s commands, even when it seems difficult is what I take from today’s lesson.

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