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13 At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River so that John would baptize him. 14 John tried to stop him and said, “I need to be baptized by you, yet you come to me?”
15 Jesus answered, “Allow me to be baptized now. This is necessary to fulfill all righteousness.”
So John agreed to baptize Jesus. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting on him. 17 A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.”
John had been preaching, “The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matthew 3:11). Then Jesus appeared. Instead of saying, “Stand aside, John—the main act is here with strength and fire,” Jesus joined the line of people waiting for baptism. “John, of course, is horrified…. Surely if anything he, John, needs to be baptized by Jesus himself?” * What can we learn from these four verses?
Lord Jesus, your world-changing impact came about, not bullying or intimidating people, but by humbly exercising God’s love among us. Keep teaching me what it means to live out your power. Amen.
Jesus’ own baptism sets the pattern for all of us. The Spirit proclaims, “This is my beloved!”
Belovedness. That’s what baptism is about. In baptism we are named as beloved. This is the most true thing about us, even before we become who we will become over our lifetimes.
Through our lifetime, we will be pummeled with worldly messages that tell us otherwise. That tell us we are failures or not good enough or don’t count. We will internalize those voices and tell ourselves these things. We will project them onto others, causing harm.
So Jesus gives us this foundational practice that stands as a witness to the most true thing about us: our belovedness, the belovedness of all. In baptism, God calls forth our belovedness. We as participate in baptism, we embrace who God says we are.
How might you walk through this day, embracing the most true thing about you–your belovedness?
* Wright, N. T., Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 21). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.
** D. S. Dockery, article “Baptism” in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL., InterVarsity Press, 1992, p. 58.
*** Wright, N. T., Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 22). Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.