Good morning dear listener and welcome to this Bible study in the morning.
Today we’ve got a small piece of Scripture since I want to finish the last bit of Matthew 3. I think there’s a lot of value in those few verses and tomorrow we’ll probably continue with Matthew 4.
So without further ado, let’s continue with Matthew 3.
Read Matthew 3: 13-17
The first question that might come up is: Why was Jesus baptised in the first place? He didn’t need that right? He wasn’t a sinner at all. It’s a very valid question to ask! Even John was surprised by Jesus’ request. He said: “I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?”
And yet, there are several reasons why Jesus was baptised by John, as this article on gotquestions.org points out. There are a few, so let’s take a brief look at them.
The first one fits the style of Matthew. It is the fact that John recognized Jesus as the one He was talking about. It was like John was saying: ‘Look, this is He, who I announced.’ This fits the style of Matthew because in the beginning of Matthew the author brings up old prophecies and convincing the reader with those that Jesus truly is the Son of God. Even God said: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
The second reason is that Jesus identified with sinners this way. Isn’t that amazing? Think about it. God made a new covenant with His people, who turned their backs to the Lord over and over again. The new covenant He made was to send His own Son to earth. God kept His promise, because Jesus indeed came down to earth. Jesus, the Son of God, the God Who created heaven and earth. During His time on earth, Jesus didn’t live life like a god. He was very in humble in so many ways, one of which is being baptised. He didn’t need that at all, because He wasn’t a sinner, but still He did it. Will we ever understand the greatness of that fact? Jesus didn’t came to earth for Himself. If He would’ve done that He could easily call some angles to show the people His might. He came to earth for us and He loved us.
The third reason is that Jesus approved of John’s work. John was arrested and people doubted his authority. So because Jesus chose to be baptised by John, the people had a reason to believe him.
The last reason to me is the best reason of them all. What is really happening here? Read the last two verses again, if you want. If the Holy Spirit descending on the Son and God saying: “This is My beloved Son” is not a good argument for the Trinity, than I don’t what is. I was led by the heresy some time ago that the Trinity was not the way it is described in the Bible. If you want to hear about that you can here the episode about the Triune God with Victor and me, which is available on the website. Anyway, this is the Trinity at work. It was God who said “This is my beloved Son” and mind you, it’s not just somebody, it was the voice of God.
In Matthew 4 we’ll read about Jesus being tempted in the desert. After that, Jesus can finally begin with His ministry here on earth.
If you think I left something out, said something wrong or if you just want to add some thoughts, don’t be afraid to comment below.
Let me end this little study by praying.
Dear Lord, thank you. Thank you that you showed us your mercy when you send Your Son to earth to save us. Thank you Jesus that You did that so beautifully, so humble. That you lived like us, humans, from the beginning all the way to the end. That way we could see that You are just like us: human. You didn’t have to be baptised, but still You did. That’s so amazing and I think that’s unique about Christianity. No other religion has a God so compassionate with His creation, that He send His own Son to earth.