Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–22
We conclude this collection of Advent and Christmas Bible stories at the baptism of the Lord. On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. In baptism, we celebrate a rebirth with Christ. We are born into the family of God.
As you read this story, pay attention to the way Jesus is described after he emerges from the waters of his baptism.
As John the Baptist became famous and gathered many followers in the wilderness, no one had heard of a man named Jesus from Nazareth.
But one day Jesus went out into the wilderness to visit John.
John was amazed. “I should be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” he asked.
“Let it be for now. It is proper for us to fulfill all righteousness,” Jesus replied.
John didn’t object anymore. Jesus walked into the water of the Jordan River, and John baptized him there.
Jesus emerged from the water, and the clouds opened up. The sun shone bright and the Holy Spirit came down from heaven like a dove and rested on Jesus.
Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Baptism of Jesus Reflection Questions
- How did God identify Jesus after his baptism?
- How does God love us like a father? How can we love him as his children?
- How have you experienced God as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in your life?
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