Mathew 3. Forum Discussion

Topic: Baptism

Why was Jesus baptized?

Why should we be baptized?

Our focus scripture today can be found at the end of Mathew Chapter 3:

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.

Before we look at why we should be baptized, we will at why Jesus was baptized, in His own words. In Mathew 3:15, Jesus answered John’s question about why He was being baptized this way:

“Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” – Mathew 3:15.

So Jesus said that He was baptized, “To fulfill all righteousness.” Because it was the right thing to do.

Now let us look at how God reacted to His baptism:

“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 3:16-17.

Every child would love to hear those words from their father, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well-pleased.” It is hard to imagine how special it would be to hear those words directly from God.

There are two things that we can learn from the baptism of Jesus:

  1. Jesus got baptized because it was the right thing to do (“To fulfill all righteousness”).
  2. It pleased God that Jesus was baptized (“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”).

Are those enough reasons to be baptized?

Absolutely!! What could be more important than doing what is right, and what pleases God? It is hard to come up with anything that would be a higher priority than both of those things.

There are more reasons that we should be baptized. We will look at those reasons now, along with supporting scriptures:

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

Thank you, God, for making it so clear to us what you want us to do. Amen

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 4 and how Satan tried to tempt Jesus three times. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Minnie J Woolfolk

At Church or a body of water by an ordained Minister

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Pat Dermody
Minnie J Woolfolk

Yes,Minnie, it is a wonderful thing to commit to being baptized. It means we are freely accepting God into our lives and with this we will be empowered by Holy Spirit who will always be with us to guide us as we travel our path to salvation. Just speak with a clergy person. They will be so happy to help you. We are never alone. Good luck with your decision. May it bring you peace.

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