The Baptism of Jesus

Now, we skip forward from Jesus’s birth to a very significant time in Jesus’s life. Jesus will be baptized and his identity is established by God as he receives the Holy Spirit.

Read the story – Matthew 3:1-17

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

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.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.

John the Baptist baptizes Jesus, the Holy Spirit of God comes down on Jesus, and God speaks to Jesus from heaven. What a day!


Once you have watched the video, we recommend you spend some time to think about the story in greater detail. Here are three questions that you can use to think about this story:

Question 1: What does John say is the difference between his baptism and the baptism of Jesus?

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John says that he baptizes with water, but Jesus will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He will completely change us and awaken our spirits within us.

Question 2: Who is Jesus, according to the voice from heaven?

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The voice from heaven, which we must believe is God himself, says that Jesus is his Son that he loves.

Question 3: What does it mean to you that Jesus was baptized and all of these things happened?

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We think that it means that God has come to earth himself to be here and walk amongst us. He is living here, teaching us, helping us to truly understand what he wants to say to us. He comes to us and speaks to us face-to-face. He is even baptized to fulfill all righteousness, just as we do when we believe.