|Posted on July 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM|
Mark Chapter One
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. (Mark 1:9 NIV).
Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:10, 11 NIV).
( Notes Mark 1: 9, 10 -11 NIV).
( 1:9 ) Jesus grew up in Nazareth, where he had lived since He was a young boy
( Matthew 2:22,23). Nazareth was a small town in Galilee, located about half way between the sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea.
If John's baptism was for repentance from sin, why was Jesus baptized? While even the greatest Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. Had to confuses their sinfulness and need for repentance, Jesus didn't need to admit sin- he was sinless. Although Jesus didn't need forgiveness, he was baptized for the following reasons: ( 1 ) To start his mission to bring the message of salvation to all people. ( 2) To show support for John's ministry. (3) To identify with our humanness and sin. ( 4 ) To give us an example to follow. We know that John's baptism was different from Christian baptism in the church because Paul had John's followers baptized again. ( Acts 19:2-5)
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