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Daily Reading – 19th June 2016

Matthew 3.13-15 cont.

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

14 But he prevented Him, saying: “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”

15 Then Jesus replied and said to him: “You must allow it for now, for it is proper to fulfil all righteousness”. Then he agreed with Him.

We have spent some time considering the baptism of Jesus, but what about us? Do we need to be baptized?

It is certainly true that no believer can say that they do not need to be baptized.

Every one of us starts from the same point: we are all sinners, not one of us is righteous. God’s word tells us:

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard – Romans 3.23 (NLT).

Therefore none of us can say that we do not need to repent, which means that none can say that they do not need to be baptized.

The command of Jesus is that, along with the preaching of the gospel, we should baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, baptism is not an optional extra.

Jesus said:

“The person who possesses My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me, and the person loving Me will be loved by My Father and Myself, and I will love Him and show Myself to Him” – John 14.21.

If we love Him we will keep His commandments, and one of His commands is to be baptized.

Baptism is one of the first steps that we should take after we have received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

Unfortunately there are those who believe that they have to be good enough to be baptized. The truth is that baptism is for repentant sinners, not for those who think they are good enough.

I was baptized when I was 15 years old, because I knew that I was a sinner. Having repented from my sinful ways, baptism was my next step in obeying the command of Jesus.

If you have not yet been baptized, then I urge you to lovingly obey the command of Jesus and be baptized. By being baptized we show our love for Jesus, the genuineness of our repentance; and our desire to be obedient to Jesus.

Consider this. If it was necessary for Jesus to be baptized, surely it is also necessary for us.

 

 

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