Jesus’ Baptism Part 1: John’s Testimony and Ministry
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. I have always thought it was interesting that Jesus said this baptism was necessary to fulfill all righteousness.
Baptism has been something I have wanted to do a thorough study of for some time so it was great to finally do so!
Jesus went through John’s baptism, first, to validate John’s ministry.
John’s ministry was the one making the way for Christ and it was directly pointing to Christ’s ministry. It was important for it to be validated by Him. Jesus was baptized by John and then began preaching the same message as John: Repent for the kingdom of God is near. (Matthew 4:17)
When the pharisees asked Jesus by what power He performed His miracles, Jesus asked them instead about the ministry of John the Baptist. If John’s ministry was of God, Jesus was of that same ministry. When they copped out and said they didn’t know, Jesus went on to validate John by saying he was a prophet. And not just a prophet, but the only prophet to be prophesied about, that he would herald the Messiah.
So Jesus’ validation of John’s baptism was a validation of Himself as well. And as John testified about Him- John 1:29 “I baptize with water but one will come after me who is mightier than I, and He will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”
And again, “behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world”.
John’s testimony was true and his ministry was from God, and his baptism prepared the way for Christ and Christ’s baptism.
John’s testimony was that Jesus was also more than just a man, existing long before John and far greater than him.
John 1:32 Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.”
Because of what happened when Jesus was baptized by John, John himself realized Jesus was the Messiah and testified about Him.
There is a beautiful theme throughout John’s ministry and Jesus’ ministry.
When John was still in the womb the Spirit of God was on him causing him to leap for joy when the pregnant Mary visited John’s mother, Mary’s relative, Elizabeth. From the womb John sensed, through the Spirit, who the Messiah was.
The Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus was the sign that He was the Messiah. And the moment The Spirit descended was when Jesus began His ministry. This is the Spirit Jesus promised to send when He went to the Father. The Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son who is in us.
The Holy Spirit is Christ in us and He is our identity in Christ. Our comforter and our righteousness. It is the Spirit who has been speaking since the dawn if time, and He is still speaking of our Messiah. The baptism John talked of was that of the Spirit and fire. The baptism of Jesus.
Part 2 coming next Tuesday: Jesus’ Baptism for Us
❤️ Kara J