2 - Jesus’ Baptism

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Baptism links Christian believers to the foundation of their faith and the central event of human history - the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins. When the prophet, John the Baptist, baptized Jesus, a voice from heaven said, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin. Many people came to hear John preach, to confess their sins, repent and be baptized. John told them: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of his sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” So, when John baptized Jesus in the river and he was coming up out of the water, the heavens opened and the voice of God said, “You are my beloved son, in you I am well- pleased.” The Spirit of God descended like a dove and landed on Jesus in fulfillment of the Isaiah’s prophecy (Isa 11:2; 42:1). The next day when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him he exclaimed, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Then John the Baptist gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God” (John 1:33-34).