Jesus’ Baptism (Mark 1:9-11)

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As John the Baptist preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, Jesus came from Nazareth to be baptized of him in the Jordan River.

 

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Mark 1:9-11

9  And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

10  And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

11  And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

John had been preaching/baptizing for approximately six months when Jesus came to be baptized.

The only time Jesus and John were together.

John had another six months to go in his ministry before he was arrested.

John was known as the “Baptizer” because what he was doing was unique.

But for John to baptize Jesus is just strange and hard to accept by believers (but it’s in all four gospels).

Why did Jesus need to be baptized?

Some have said:

  1. He did it to please his mother.
  2. He did it just case he might sin by not doing it.
  3. He became the Messiah only after doing it.

Not because he needed to repent…

Matthew 3:13-15
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

John 1:29
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. That means to do all that is righteous to do.

He did the thing sinners needed to do because our sin was put on him…

2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

He took our sin and gave us his righteousness.

When Jesus went to the cross, God treated him as though he had lived our lives.

Mark 1:9
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

In the days of John’s ministry, that is, Jesus who was from Nazareth in Galilee.

Even though the Jews may have expected him to come from Jerusalem, the prophets said different…

Isaiah 9:1-6
1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Jesus was immersed…

Mark 1:10-11
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

This is significant:

  1. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all present
  2. God has not “spoken” in 400 years…

Isaiah 64:1
1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down…

Isaiah 11:1-2
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him

We often theorize about the theological meaning or the practical relevance of things like this. Simply put, it was a fulfillment of the OT prophecies and a confirmation that Jesus was the Christ.

If the Spirit wasn’t enough, God said it from heaven.

This all started on the occasion when John baptized him…

Mark 11:27-33
27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

It makes sense that Christ would direct their attention to the ministry of John:

  1. John confirmed that Jesus was the Lamb of God
  2. God himself confirmed Jesus was the Lamb of God when John baptized him

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