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The Baptism of Jesus

John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth at the Jordan River, which flows south from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea that John the Baptist. We learn this from the different scriptures in which the Baptism of Jesus 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 John refused at first 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.

 

Baptism of Christ Domenico Ghirlandaio

The Baptism of Christ, Raphael, 1518-19. Christus Rex

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