THE WATER BAPTISM OF JESUS
Although Jesus was God with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit and created the world and everything in it, He left Heaven and became a human being like us so that He may save us from our sin (Philippians 2:7). He was thirty years old when He began His earthly ministry (Luke 3:23), so for twenty-nine years, He lived an ordinary life as a carpenter. When He began His earthly ministry, He needed to be water baptized by John the Baptist. He then left Nazareth in Galilee, where He grew up and went to the river Jordan to meet John the Baptist. When John the Baptist was water baptizing Jesus, the heavens opened up, and the Holy Spirit, like a dove, came down upon Him. And a voice from Heaven, which was the voice of God the Father, said, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased" (Mark 1:11).
It is interesting that even though John the Baptist was water baptizing people for repentance, Jesus did not need to repent from anything because He never sinned. 1 Peter 2:22 says, "He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth." He needed to be water baptized to fulfill the will of God the Father. Right after He was water baptized, God the Holy Spirit led Him to the desert to fast (ate nothing) for forty days and forty nights and was tempted by Satan. He fasted to spend time with God the Father, for it was time to save the world from sin. Satan tried to stop Jesus from fulfilling God the Father's will by tempting Jesus, but Jesus overcame all the temptations.
Our salvation is the complete work of our God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. They are all working together to save us. Jesus became the exact representation of God the Father. When people saw Jesus, they saw God the Father. No one has seen the Father except the Son (John 6:46). I just want to encourage all of us today that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are for us and not against us. So let us live with confidence in whatever situations we are in because our Triune God is for us.
Ask yourself these questions: Why did Jesus come into the world and live like us? How should I live knowing that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are for me and not against me?
Write down all the worries you are facing today and lift them up to God.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, thank you for working together to save me from my sin and give me a new life. Thank you for everything that you have done in my life. Lord Jesus, thank you for saving me through your death and resurrection. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your constant help in my spiritual walk with my God the Father. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.