11 John baptizes Jesus.

Psalm 2:7; Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23

Why would John have thought Jesus should baptize him (Matthew 3:13–14)?

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If Jesus was without sin, why did he need to be baptized (Matthew 3:15)?

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We cannot see the Holy Spirit, so by what means did John see him descend like a dove upon Jesus (Matthew 3:16)?

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How would the gospel writers have learned about Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 4:1–11)?

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How did John know that Jesus was the Messiah (Matthew 3:16–17)?

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Why should fathers be pleased with their sons (Matthew 3:16–17)?

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Was it possible for our heavenly Father to be displeased with his Son (Matthew 3:16 – 17)? Why?

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In what ways could John have changed his message after baptizing Jesus and recognizing him as the Messiah (Matthew 3:16–17)?

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After Jesus came, why might John have still seen his own ministry, preaching and baptizing, as necessary (Luke 3:23)?

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Why was baptism important at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 3:23)?

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Jesus left Nazareth in Galilee and came to the Jordan River, where crowds listened to John and were baptized. When Jesus stepped into the water, John objected, saying, “I should be baptized by you. Why are you coming to me?”

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Matthew 3:13–14 From Galilee, Jesus came to be baptized of John. John objected, saying, “I should be baptized by you. Why are you coming to me?”
Mark 1:9 Jesus left Nazareth in Galilee, came to the Jordan River, and was baptized by John.
Luke 3:21 As the people were being baptized, Jesus was also baptized. While he prayed, the sky opened
King James

Matthew 3:13–14 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mark 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

“This is what should be done,” Jesus said. “We must do all that God requires of us.”

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Matthew 3:15 “This is what should be done,” Jesus said. “We must do all that God requires of us.” So John consented and baptized him.
King James

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

So John consented and baptized him.

Eyewitness

Matthew 3:15 “This is what should be done,” Jesus said. “We must do all that God requires of us.” So John consented and baptized him.
King James

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

As Jesus came up out of the water and prayed, the sky opened, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove, resting upon him. A voice spoke from above: “You are my son, whom I love. I am well pleased with you.”

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Psalm 2:7 I’m telling you what the Lord has decreed to me, “You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.”
Matthew 3:16–17 As Jesus came up out of the water, the sky opened, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove, resting upon him. A voice spoke from above: “You are my son, whom I love. I am well pleased with you.”
Mark 1:10–11 As Jesus came up out of the water, the sky opened, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove, resting upon him. A voice spoke from above: “You are my son, whom I love. I am well pleased with you.”
Luke 3:21–22 As the people were being baptized, Jesus was also baptized. While he prayed, the sky opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove, resting upon him. A voice spoke from above: “You are my son, whom I love. I am well pleased with you.”
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Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Matthew 3:16–17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mark 1:10–11 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Luke 3:21–22 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

This event marked the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. He was about thirty years old.

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Luke 3:23 Jesus began his public ministry when he was about thirty years old. He was known as the son of Joseph, who was preceded by Heli,
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Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,