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"Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptised by him "
(Matthew 3:13)

Baptism of Our Lord

John Baptizes Jesus

Mat 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
Mat 3:14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
Mat 3:15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.
Mat 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.
Mat 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

[Mat 3:13] The baptism of Jesus and the beginning of His public ministry may be dated c. A.D. 29. Some would date it earlier, around A.D. 27 {cf. Mark 1:9, note).

[Mat 3:16] Baptism and Temptation (see map). Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee to be baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. After His temptation in the wilderness (possibly near Jericho), Jesus returned to Galilee.

Since Jesus was sinless (Heb. 4:15), a baptism of repentance was unnecessary. Why then was He baptized by John? At least four reasons seem evident: (1) to connect Himself with John, the prophet who prepared the way for the Messiah; (2) to identify Himself with the sinful race He came to redeem (see Matt. 3:16-17, note; same as Mark 1:9); (3) to establish the course of His own ministry; and (4) to inaugurate that ministry officially.

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Readings for the week of January 22nd
Third Sunday after Epiphany
First: Isaiah 9: 1-4
Psalm: 27: 1, 4-9
Second: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23

 

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