Confirmation Questions 1-12-14

Last Sunday’s sermon was the baptism of Jesus and came from Matthew 3:13-17. You can find that sermon here.

One of the confirmation students raised a great questions on their sermon notes, which I will attempt to answer here.

-Why did John the Baptist say that he should be baptized by Jesus?
While John was sent by God, he knew that the baptism that he proclaimed, a baptism of repentance was insufficient to achieve salvation. In fact, it is thought that individuals would return to John to be baptized more than once, in situations where they felt that they had sinned and needed repentance. John’s baptism was modeled after a Jewish rite of purification, but the important thing to remember is that the object (or in this case the person) who is purified can become defiled again.John knew that the baptism that Jesus would bring would be different. You may recall John says in Matthew 2:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful that I is coming after me…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John recognized that Jesus was the Messiah, and that he was ushering in a new era for God’s people. John desired to be a part of this change, this new era. That is why he desired to be baptized by Jesus.

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