In Matthew, chapter 3, we read the the inspiring story of the baptism of Jesus.
John the Baptist was in Judea at the time, preaching to the people that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand!
The people in Jerusalem and all of Judea liked John the Baptist because he was a good man.
People remember him even now, and feature him in songs, 2000 years later!
But John knew that someone even more mighty, even more glorious was coming.
Then he said the words written in Matthew 3:11:
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
John spoke of JESUS.
And when Jesus arrived, John wanted Jesus to baptize him.
A normal person would have baptized John.
But not Jesus.
Instead, Jesus said: “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness”.
And then John baptized Jesus.
Do you remember what happened next?
After he was baptized, Jesus arose, and GOD’s voice was heard everywhere.
God said that this is His son.
The two important lessons of this chapter
But what does that tell us?
First of all, we see Jesus do one thing: Being humble.
The second important thing is the baptism as we all should be baptized.
Lesson 1: Be like JESUS, be humble!
Nothing good comes from being arrogant.
Treat the waiters and the cleaners exactly the same way as you treat teachers, doctors, and pilots.
All of them are just men and women trying to make a living.
They all have the same intention. They want to put food on the table for their family.
And that means they should receive the same respect from you.
Yes, they may not have had the same chance in life as others had.
But they decided to work.
And that attitude deserves respect, doesn’t it?
Do you think Jesus would ever disrespect a waiter or a cleaner?
Of course not.
So, let’s be good Christians and let’s treat everyone equally.
Don’t be arrogant but instead be humble like JESUS wants you to be.
Lesson 2: Being baptized is important.
Jesus wanted baptism, therefor we should too.
Baptism is a sacrament to welcome a new human being into the faith.
It is necessary to get into the Kingdom of GOD: “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
Baptism is what you need to get into heaven.
It is not only a tradition or something you just do. It has meaning.
Being baptized washes away your sins.
It gives you forgiveness.
Baptism is what we need at the beginning of our religious life and is what saves us at the end of it.
How does being baptized make you feel? What did you learn from Matthew chapter 3? Let us know in the comments below!
Read our sermon about Matthew’s 4th chapter here.