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Jan 17, 2021

Matthew-Jesus' Baptism

Matthew-Jesus' Baptism

Passage: Matthew 3:13-17

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

With the inauguration of Jesus' public ministry, he makes the journey from Galilee to the Jordan River for the purpose of being baptized. Due to his feeling of unworthiness (v. 11b), John initially refuses to baptize Christ. The principle for us is at times we too can stand in the way of the Lord’s work because of our own feelings of inadequacy. Yet, Christ commands John, let it be so for now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness (v. 15). This begs the question, since Jesus is without sin (2nd Cor. 5:21), why would he need to fulfil all righteousness? The imagery of Jesus' baptism answers this question. By going down in the murky water of the Jordan, he identifies himself as our sinless substitute being put to death and coming back out of the water, he identifies himself as our Savior who will rise from the dead, having fulfilled all righteousness on the cross. Immediately following Jesus' baptism we have the first New Testament revelation of the Trinity. The Father in heaven, Spirit of God descending like a dove and the Son in whom God is well pleased (v. 17).