Rev. P. Van Ruitenburg on Matthew 3 : 13 - 17



What was needed before Jesus could begin His ministry?
1. Jesus needed to be baptized
2. Jesus needed to be anointed
3. the audience needed to know that His Father was pleased with Him

Matthew 3 : 13 - 17

Matthew 3
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

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