Ascension Lutheran Church and School
The Baptism of Jesus
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  • Ascension Lutheran Church and School
    1220 W Magee Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:45 AM, Sunday 10:31 AM
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all have much in common, but they each also offer additional details the others lack.
Luke tells us that Jesus prayed at his baptism (Luke 3:21).
Mark’s Gospel, the voice from heaven is personal and directed to Jesus, not the crowds. Instead of “This is my beloved Son… ” Mark records “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).
Matthew gives us this curious exchange between Jesus and John the Baptist:

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented” (Matthew 3:13-15).
Why was Jesus Baptized?

“Jesus was baptized in order to set us an example that we should be baptized”
“Jesus was baptized in order to identify with his people Israel?”
“Then Jesus came from Galilee… ” (Matthew 3:13)
For Jesus is Immanuel, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23)
The One who “will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21)
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:11-12)
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.” Matthew 3:13
“for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” Matthew 3:15
It is NOT the righteous thing to do!
It is about the Righteous Act that was done for us!
“For our sake [God] made him [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)