May 13, 2018
Before I go into this weeks comments, I want to wish all the Mothers who view our programs and visit our Website a "Happy Mothers Day".
As we continue our remarks from "Did Jesus Just Happen" pertaining to the ministry of Jesus, the question has been asked, Why did Jesus seek to b baptized? Why was Jesus baptized? He was baptized not for confession and pardon, for He was sinless. He was baptized not simply to encourage John's work and set an example to others. Or He was baptized not as our substitute, for his disciples were also baptized; but He was baptized to provide a public mode of announcements, when in the presence of many the fact might be fully established that the Messiah had come. He was baptized to consecrate Himself to His messianic work by this kind of ordination. All priests in the Jewish church were inducted into office by baptism. Inasmuch as Christ was to be the Great High Priest it was proper that He should enter by this door, thus fulfilling ceremonial righteousness. The commencement of a new course of life, was the element which His and other peoples's baptism had in common. In the case of the people it prepared them to receive pardon, in the case of Jesus, to bestow it. The voice from heaven was to John a revelation and meant for Jesus (a) divine approval for the step, (b) official anointing for his mission and (c) endowment with power. The dove was considered a sacred bird in the East. The brooding dove was symbolical of the quickening warmth of nature. In Jewish writings, the Spirit hovering over the primeval waters is expressly compared to a dove. Christ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness as the Scripture states. This was the main purpose. I believe His baptist was to be a symbol of His death, burial and resurrection. Therefore when one is baptized today, he has to be buried under the water (not sprinkled) and brought back up in order to be a symbol. Baptism by immersion is the only way to symbolize the Baptism of the Christian.
Next week we will deal with the temptation of Jesus!
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor