Yak Pak Week of January 10th – 16th

Posted: January 8, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Baptism of Jesus

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Baptism of Jesus Marks the Beginning of His Road to the Cross

Key Verse:
“And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” 
Matthew 3:17

(Open the bible and read to your child Matthew 3:13-17) Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. However, Jesus did not sin, so there was no need for him to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus wanted to identify with us. He wanted to fulfill all righteousness. We also see the trinity show up for this event. The Father speaks and says, “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased. The Son is there getting baptized, and the spirit descended in the form of a dove. This marked the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
At some point when John saw Jesus, he realized that Jesus was the promised Messiah. John proclaimed that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the one who will take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Long before John’s ministry, Abraham told his son Isaac that God himself would provide a lamb for the sacrifice. That day, God did not allow Abraham to sacrifice his son but provided a ram. Here John tells us God has provided a sacrifice for sins—Jesus, the Lamb of God. Abraham’s ram was a foreshadowing of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

By his baptism, Jesus instituted a new sacrament for believers. Our baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial in the tomb (when we go under the water) and a symbol of the resurrection (when we come up out of the water).
Paul writes, “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” (Romans 6:4).
Jesus identified with sinful man when he was baptized. That is why he said, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15, see also 2 Corinthians 5:21). Now today when we are baptized, we identify with Jesus’ death and resurrection.


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