The first implication that comes out of this event... Read more
The first implication that comes out of this event is the confirmation by the Father that Jesus is His Son. As we study the rest of the events recorded in the Gospels, we can rest assured that Jesus is the Messiah. This should enhance our reading of the Gospels.
Another implication relates to the privilege that believers have today to be baptized as Jesus was. Because Jesus was baptized, we can be identified with Him through the act of baptism. One of Jesus’ final words to His disciples was the command for them to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Matt. 28:18–20 - 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.").
The act of baptism symbolizes that we have been “buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”
(Rom. 6:1–4 - 1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”).
Third, Christ was baptized in order to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15). In other words, He did everything that the Father desired of Him. In the same way, when believers are baptized, they declare that they are new people and that they ultimately submit to a different authority—God.
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