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The Baptism of Jesus

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This was preached at Church of the Good Shepherd English congregation on 7 January 2018

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Season of Epiphany

"I have been baptised, I am a Christian." Martin Luther
Collect for Epiphany 1
Almighty God, who anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son: inspire us, your children, who are born of water and the Spirit, to surrender our lives to your service, that we may rejoice to be called the sons of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

On John’s Baptism

Mark 1:4 ESV
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
To understand it, we turn to Paul in Ephesus...
Acts 19:2 ESV
And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
His explanation of what John’s baptism is....
Acts 19:3–4 ESV
And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”
A human act
pointing to what was to come: Jesus!
Acts 19:5 ESV
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
How is Jesus’ Baptism different?
What does it mean to be “baptised in the name of Jesus”?

Jesus’ Baptism

Why did Jesus get baptised?
John himself asked this question!
Matthew 3:13–14 NLT
Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
Matthew 3:15 ESV
But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
It so that Jesus could fulfil the plan of salvation! “fulfil all righteousness”
Identification with sinners (the one “who knew no sin”)
Romans 6:4 ESV
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
And therefore about our adoption!
Romans 8:13–17 NLT
For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
John 1:12–13 ESV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Received the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:13–14 ESV
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

Baptism is...

Article 27: Of Baptism.
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly are grafted into the Church;
the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed; Faith is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God.
The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ.
A sign…
“An outward sign of an inward grace”
Dead in baptism, raised to new life. Visible sign!
The Chief actor in baptism is the Lord himself, and not the Church or the believer.
Doesn’t mean there is no role for the Church or believer… just that it is a dependent and responsive role.
3. The way we are “grafted” into membership of the Church.
4. What about children’s baptism?
Joshua 24:15 ESV
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Acts 16:30–31 NLT
Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
Acts 16:32–33 NLT
And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.
“Baptism is never more fully sacramental than when an infant is presented, for there the work is clearly and solely God’s: no false pride of adult choice or will or wisdom – just helpless acquiescence to the weak ministrations of men and the mighty acts of God.” John Roop
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Baptism is a command
Baptism is a benefit
It grafts us into the family
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mk 1:11)
The Holy Spirit in us
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20)
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