the Baptism of the Lord


The beginning of the preparation for Christmas began with John the Baptist proclaiming repent and make way for the Lord. Today Jesus is baptized by that fiery preacher. This same baptizer declarers that he must decrease so that Jesus might increase. John realizes that he had played his role in preparing for the Lord, and in his statement about how he must decrease so Jesus might increase is his introduction on how one begins their life in Christ.It is in baptism that  we die to ourselves and are reborn in Christ. I think this becomes vividly apparent when one thinks of John baptizing in the Jordan. When submerged in the water the person must hold their breath. Man can not live for long under water. As we rise from the water our first action is that gasp for air so necessary for life. One can hold their breath only for so long. How different is that first breath from the first breath of an infant just born? In dying to one self the Christian rises devoted to Christ. This feast of the baptism of the Lord is precisely the time to renew those baptismal vows, to remember what our own baptism asks of us. This feast begins Jesus’s public ministry where he asks us to follow him, and that is the journey we begin with our own baptism.

The story of the baptism of Jesus is important too. It tells that Jesus did not need to be baptized by John because he had no sin. His baptism was not for his sins, but for ours. Jesus was not cleansed by those waters, but instead sanctified those waters for mankind. It is our sins that he is taking away. Might this be a good time to let our sins go, to grant ourselves the forgiveness He has given us?  In that story it also is important to notice what happens during the baptism of the Lord. The first sign that happens is that the clouds part, and to rephrase that is to say that heaven opened up. That is an important event as it signifies that God has again entered into our lives. In ancient times people very much viewed the heavens as being the dominion of God separated by the firmament, and those clouds parting is the firmament of heaven opening up. That is something those ancients had not seen in a long time, and the reporting of it in the gospels is to signify a momentous event.That’s something worth remembering.

The other event that happens at Jesus baptism is that they hear the voice of God.” This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.” Again, those ancients had not heard the word of God for a long time, and that is something they had prayed for years to hear. Their God is again speaking to them. Jesus is the word made flesh, and it is that word that nourishes us as we journey with Christ as we rise from those waters. That word is the good news recorded by those gospel writers as they journeyed with Christ. Jesus public ministry begins with his baptism in the Jordan by John. This Christmas season ends with this baptism, and marks the beginning of the liturgical Ordinary Time. It seems to me that Ordinary Time is where we live as we again walk with Christ. With words spoken comes the reminder to listen for that voice while on that walk.

3 thoughts on “the Baptism of the Lord


    How many examples of infant baptism are found in the Bible? Answer: NONE. Infant baptism is a man-made doctrine.

    An example given to support infant baptism is the conversion of the jailer. (Acts 16:23-34.) The reasoning being that the jailer’s whole household was baptized.

    1. Acts 16:31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”(NASB)

    The whole household was required to believe. The jailer could not believe for his household. Infants are not capable of believing the gospel of Christ.

    2. Acts 16:32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.(NASB)

    The word was spoken to all in the house. Babies have no capacity to understand the word of the Lord. No infant responded to the gospel that night.

    3. Acts 16:33-34……and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believe in God with his whole household. (NASB)

    Who was baptized that night? Answer: The Jailer and all his household. What preceded their baptism in water? They all believed in God. No, infants were baptized that night. Infants cannot believe in God. Infants cannot believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    There is no example in Scripture of infants being baptized. You can only find infant baptism in man-made creed books and other writings of men.

    The is no example in the Bible of unbelieving adults nor of unbelieving infants being forced to be baptized in water. There is no Scripture of any non-believers being baptized in water, period.

    Jesus said in Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved…(NASB)

    Men say “Baptize unbelieving infants for forgiveness from original sin and then teach them to believe and they shall be saved.”(Note: The doctrine of original sin is also a man-made teaching.)

    If you can baptize unbelieving infants then you can baptize unbelieving adults as well.

    Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!




    Preachers who preach that immersion in water is not essential to have sins forgiven first have to deceive their listener of the accuracy of Acts 2:38.

    Example: Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation by John MacArthur. Ref: May 11,2007

    John MacArthur “In Acts 2:38, Peter appears to link forgiveness of sins to baptism. But there are several plausible interpretations of this verse that do not connect forgiveness of sin with baptism. It is possible to translate the Greek preposition eis-“because of, or “on the basis of,” instead of “for.”

    There is no translation of the Bible that I am aware of that translates “eis” of Acts 2:38 as “because of, or “on the basis of.” In order to teach that as fact you have to be honestly ignorant or willfully deceitful.


    1. Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (English Standard Version)

    2. Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (New International Version)

    3. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (New American Standard Bible)

    4. Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(New King James Version)

    5. Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.(King James Version)

    6. Acts 2:38 Peter answered them, All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. (God’s Word Translation)

    If a preacher told you it appears that in John 14:6 Jesus was saying He was the only way to the Father, however, it could be translated as– Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life and I am one of many ways to the Father.

    Would you believe the preacher or would you believe the translations of the Bible?


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