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Day Twenty Seven

Matthew 3:16 (ESV)
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; …
John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River at the location where the waters of this famous river soon empty in to the Dead Sea. John’s baptism was one of repentance from sin.
So, one might ask why did Jesus, who was without sin, have to be baptized in this way and for this reason? I believe you should then also ask why did this same Jesus, who was without sin, have to die on the cross? He did so to take away our sins on the cross, taking our guilt and punishment out of love for us. This baptism was a prophecy, a symbol of his identification with us and a revelation as to who Jesus Christ is. John the Baptist in John’s Gospel declares Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
John 3:16 echoes that truth!
Martin Luther in times of doubt would remind himself he was baptized. What does your baptism mean to you?
Does John 3:16 give meaning to baptism for you? Why or why not?
Think back to last Monday and reflect on the opportunities God provided you to serve.