The Baptism of Jesus
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:13-17).
1. After Jesus was baptized, He came up immediately from the water (v. 16).
2. The heavens were opened to Him (v. 16b).
3. Jesus saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and coming to rest upon Him/alighting upon Him (v. 16).
4. Suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (v. 17).
Jesus Christ, who is God, became a man and identified with sinful man, even being baptized.
Baptism is normally for sinful man. When someone is baptized, they are acknowledging they are a sinner and in need of God to save them. At the very heart of baptism, the water represents God. He is the living water.
Jesus lowering Himself to be baptized is one of His many sacrificial, selfless acts, identifying fully with man, in order to save and rescue mankind.
Jesus was Fully Man
Though He is God, Jesus became a man.
When He was a man on the earth, He was fully God and fully man.
On one hand, He was a man being baptized – just like saints on the earth being baptized.
Jesus did just what a believer does and did: He got baptized, with a man performing the actual baptism.
Jesus is and was Fully God.
It is also true that Jesus was fully God.
Therefore, when He was baptized, God the Holy Spirit came to rest upon God.
An eternal revelation is: “Jesus became what we are, so we could become what He is.”
In the Spirit Realm
How glorious that Jesus saw into the spirit realm!
He saw the heavens opened to Him.
He saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and coming to rest upon Him/alighting upon Him.
Then, suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (v. 17).