December 27, 2013

Jesus’ Baptism - Mark 1:9-11

John the Baptist almost missed this “thin place.” Jesus did not need to be baptized. He requested this of John in order to set an example for all of us. The conversation between John the Baptist and Jesus (John 1:29-34) reveals John’s humility. He felt unworthy to untie the strap of Jesus’ sandal (John 1:27), much less baptize him. In Matthew’s account (Matthew 3:13-17), John attempted to prevent it entirely: “I have need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14).

But John the Baptist saw the “thin place.” He knew the connection between his preaching and the mission of Jesus. When Jesus came up out of the water (yes, baptism should be by immersion), his baptism marked the beginning of his earthly ministry. This event marked Jesus as God’s messenger. This event revealed the blessing of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus. Though Jesus needed no forgiveness, by his baptism, he identified with all of us who have sinned.

Have you obeyed the command to identify with Jesus through your own baptism as a believer? If not, why not?