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5 MINUTE DAILY BIBLE STUDY: ENCOUNTERING JESUS

Daily Verse

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:13–17

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Daily Reflection

Once again we encounter a surprise: Why would Jesus, the Son of God, require baptism from John? John said, “I need to be baptized by you . . .” but Jesus replied that he himself must be baptized “to fulfill all righteousness.” This is the pivotal moment between preparation and action. Jesus fulfilled all righteousness by accepting the role the Father designated for him: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2: 6–7). Jesus put his God nature on the shelf and put on his man nature. He was obedient to God’s purpose for him. This is why the voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

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   Food For Thought

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:1-4

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Takeaway Question

Is Jesus setting down a marker for all professed Christians, when he said to John the Baptist that he must be baptized by John to "fulfill all righteousness." (Note that after Jesus is baptized, heaven opened up and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove).

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