The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3)
Sunday with your kids
Lesson summary: The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his road to the cross.
In our bible story we learned:
1. Jesus was baptized.
2. God revealed himself in the Trinity at Jesus’ baptism.
3. John the Baptist dedicated his life to the truth.
Where is the Gospel?
How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?
By his baptism, Jesus instituted a new sacrament for believers. Our baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial in the tomb (when we go under the water) and a symbol of the resurrection (when we come up out of the water). Paul writes, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
Jesus identified with sinful man when he was baptized. That is why he said, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15, see also 2 Corinthians 5:21). Now today when we are baptized, we identify with Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home
Continuing on in the New Testament, we are on week 5 which starts on page 36 in the Old Story New devotional.
Pray about it! Thank God for bringing his salvation to people of every nation — for opening the way for anyone to be saved.
Check out the highlighted portion on the bookmark below to see what we will recite in our Gathering Sunday, March 3rd.