When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli.
- Luke 3:21-23
When all the people were baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was also baptized.
Why was Jesus baptized by John the Baptist? Why would Jesus, the perfect Son of God, humbly be baptized by a mere man? I began asking myself when reading the third chapter in Luke.
Can I be honest? While I was reading these verses, I made sure my phone was on silent, my television was off, my hot tea was sitting beside me, and I had worship music on as background noise. I truly wanted to tap into God’s presence while reading and writing this devotional. There is a specific song that has been playing in my head repeatedly to describe the season that I am in right now, and that song is called “The Secret,” by Chris Tomlin. I have sometimes struggled with just getting alone in a quiet place and reading God’s Word by myself, even when I do not understand a certain verse. With saying this, I want to come to you to express what God taught me when I read Luke 3:21-23. Two specific words popped out at me when I read these verses. Think about the following two words that spoke out to me while reading when you read Luke 3:
1. Identification. The word identification resonated with me because Jesus came to the sick and poor. He wanted to identify with you and me. He wanted to identify to the people he was ministering to. He came to minister to the sick, weary, weak and poor. Identification came to my heart because to be buried with and raised again with Christ shows me personally that He was identifying with us, and even more, that when we are baptized we show the world we identify with Him.
2. Example. Every action of Christ was done as an example for you and for me. I believe that His life, death, and teaching was for us as an example. I believe that He was baptized with us as an example.
I want to end with saying this: God loves you, Jesus died for you, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we need forgiveness, and Jesus is coming again! How sweet to be loved by You, Lord!
1. There is something powerful when you pray Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in a silent and still room. Give it a try. Now, I want you to get out a piece of paper.
2. Do you have your piece of paper? Okay, now I want you to find your quiet place. Get alone with Jesus. Silence your thoughts and just surrender. Let Jesus speak to you.
3. I want you to write down A, B, C. Now, I made you write down A, B and C because I want you to write to Jesus your “ABC’s of Christ.” The A stands for admit. What do you personally need to admit to God? The B stands for believe. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Now, lastly the C stands for confess. Confess your sins to Him and ask Him to speak, for you are listening.
Dear Lord, Thank you so much for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Oh, how sweet it is to be loved by You, Lord. Jesus was baptized with us to identify with us - the weary, run down, broken, sick and poor - and to give us an example to follow and show that we identify with Him. We have our arms wide open, and we are praising His name because we want to know You more. Thank You for being our example and the example. We love You and thank You for Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Amen.
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