This week at Faithweaver Friends we will talk about the Baptism of Jesus. Before we get to the baptism, I want to remind everyone about Jesus’ cousin: John the Baptist. John was born 6 months before Jesus and he was baptizing people in the Jordan river for the repentance of their sins. As we talk before, John’s mission was to be the messenger preparing the way for Jesus.
Jesus came to John at the Jordan River to be baptized. However, John knew that Jesus definitely did not need to be baptized for the repentance of sin. In fact, Jesus probably should baptize John. But Jesus insisted that John baptize him to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus knew that He needed to be baptized to fulfill all of the prophesies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. So John baptized Jesus and this is where things get really interesting. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water the sky opened up so they could see heaven. Something that looked like a dove descended from heaven and landed on Jesus’ head. And finally a voice was heard from Heaven. This voice said “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” All three parts of God, Father (Voice), Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit (dove), were at the same time and place. That doesn’t happen very often.
See God gave us His best in His one and only Son, Jesus. And why would God do that for us? Well, there is really only one reason. He loves us that much. He wants us to be in heaven with Him forever. We just need to give our best to God and Jesus each and every day. That’s the best gift we can give to God and we do this as a way of saying thanks for His gift of Jesus.
See you this Wednesday at Faithweaver Friends as we talk more about giving our best to God. Remember that your Bible Challenge Verse is Psalm 100:5. Your Weekly Challenge is to tell a parent how the story of the wise men reminds you to give good gifts to Jesus.