In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Baptism of Christ by Paolo Veronese
There are several important things we can learn about Jesus from the Baptism. The first question we must ask is: “Why would Jesus submit to being baptized?” We know that Jesus didn’t sin, but baptism occurs for the removal of sin. Why did He do it?
We have to understand that this is the start of Jesus’ public ministry. This moment was one of the most important events of His life. He didn’t need to be cleansed from sin, but He chose to be baptized for four reasons: 1) To connect His work to St. John the Baptist’s, 2) To show that He understands His sinful people, 3) For the Father to reveal the Trinity, and 4) To foreshadow Sacramental Baptism.
CONNECTING THE MINISTRIES OF JESUS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST
John taught what appears to be a very different message than what Jesus taught. Jesus came preaching forgiveness and mercy, but John preached repentance and destruction for sins. In Luke 3:7-9, we can see a taste of what John is saying to the world:
He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ’We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
We say that John’s message appears to be different from Jesus’, but they are like the two sides of the same coin. You can accept forgiveness only if you know you have done something wrong. By undergoing John’s baptism, Jesus showed the whole world that He approved of what John was saying. We have all sinned, and we need to know that we have sinned and feel the guilt of that sin before we can move on to hear Jesus’ message.
SHOWING HIS SOLIDARITY WITH HIS SINFUL PEOPLE
Jesus was fully human and wanted to share experiences with us. Obviously, He didn’t experience everything that we experience. But He did want to share in our humanity and be a human just like all of us.
THE REVELATION OF THE TRINITY
This is one of the few moments in Scripture where each Person of the Trinity is revealed simultaneously. The Father speaks, the Son is blessed, and the Holy Spirit descends from Heaven. Remember that the Holy Spirit is not a dove. He ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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