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“Jesus answered and said to John, ‘permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’” Matthew 3:15
The baptism of Jesus was a critical event in His life and ministry. It becomes a great illustration for us of Christian living and service. First off, note that Jesus was baptized to fulfill righteousness. Water baptism is a picture of a spiritual baptism that happens the moment a person believes in Christ. Paul wrote, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” (1Corinthians 12:13) While water baptism is not a requirement for salvation, it is a requirement for obedience. We are commanded upon receiving Christ to make it public with baptism. Jesus, to illustrate the value of this public declaration, submitted Himself to the rite of baptism. Second, note what happened upon His baptism; the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. This is a picture of a second baptism that the Bible speaks of; not of when we are submerged in water, but in the Holy Spirit. I find it of the highest importance, that before Jesus began public ministry, He was baptized with the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that any who asked would receive the Holy Spirit and that along with the outpouring of the Spirit would be power to walk with Christ. Take time right now to ask God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and empower you to live for Christ and serve HIM. Finally, note that Jesus heard the voice of God. One thing that is abundantly clear in Scripture is that God honors obedience. I believe whenever we take steps of obedience in our lives we will hear the voice of God clearer. Whatever He is asking of you, do it and His voice will become louder and clearer to you.
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