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The Baptism of Jesus

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John the Baptist baptized Jesus of Nazareth at the Jordan River, which flows south from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. We learn this from the different scriptures in which Jesus’ baptism is recounted, such as: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34.

The exact spot of the baptism on the Jordan River is not known. What is known is that at first John refused to confer his baptism on Christ for Christ had no need to repent. But Christ said “suffer it to be so now.”

The act of baptism was that Christ was identifying Himself with sinners. It is also a symbol of death and resurrection plus it marks His first public identification with those sins He would bear. Also the fundamental feature of all the scriptural narratives is that Jesus is anointed with the Spirit which accomplishes two things. It inaugurates the public ministry of Christ and establishes the messianic character of His ministry.

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