The Baptism of Jesus

And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." - Mark 1:11

The New Testament - A Brief Overview

Brief History of the Baptism of Jesus
Scriptures and Topics Covered:
Jesus Appears at the Jordan River (Mat 3:13; Mk 1:9; Lk 3:21).
Jesus and Righteousness (Mat 3:15; Is 11:5).
The Baptism of Jesus (Mat 3:16; Mk 1:9; Lk 3:21
;Jn 1:32-33).
The Heavens were Opened (Mat 3:16; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:21; Jn 1:32-33).
A Dove Descends Out of Heaven (Mat 3:16; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:32-33).
The Dove is Lit and Rests Upon Jesus (Mat 3:16; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:32-33).
The Voice of God Out of Heaven (Mat 3:17; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22)


"Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness." Luke 3:1-2

Jesus Appears at the Jordan River

According to the Bible Jesus now makes his first public appearance where John was baptizing at the Jordan River. Jesus is thirty years of age, and He comes to John and requests to be baptized. You can almost hear the calmness in John's powerful voice, "I have need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"

Hebrew Scroll of the Torah

All of History Waiting for This Moment

Every great event that ever happened in the history of the world pales in comparison to this powerful moment when the God of the universe, the creator of all things, the Word of God in a human body is being anointed for His mission and about to speak to the world.

"Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Matthew 3:15

Jesus had never sinned and therefore had no need to repent, yet he saw in John's baptism the righteousness of God. It is interesting why Jesus would be so concerned with righteousness, the reason can be found in the words of Isaiah about the Messiah:

"And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins ." - Isaiah 11:5

Jesus is Baptized

John obeyed the word of Jesus and baptized Him. Jesus went under the water and as He came up from the water the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove and lit up and rested upon Him. Suddenly a voice came out of heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

                       Painting of a Dove Descending
Painting of a dove descending out of Heaven
Painted Illustration of A Peaceful Dove Descending

The Heavens Opened and a Dove Descended

The Bible says that the heaven's opened and a dove descended and was lit up and rested upon Him. the beautiful imagery is very reminiscent of the words of Isaiah the prophet concerning the Messiah:

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD." - Isaiah 11:2

There is something very interesting about the dove appearing at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove and resting on Him. The dove is a remarkable representation of the Holy Spirit. In ancient cultures dove's were known for their gentleness and affection, used often as a symbol of peace. The Holy Spirit filled Jesus with wisdom and understanding, and Jesus mission was to reach out to every person who would open their heart to Him. He knew everything about people and was able to truly love them in a way that only God could express.

The Voice of God Out of Heaven

When Jesus came up from the water, He was anointed for His mission. God spoke an amazing Word right out of heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". This statement by the Father about Jesus is very powerful, it is clear that Jesus pleased His Father in every way. There is an interesting parallel in the prophecy of Isaiah which speaks of the Father loving the Messiah His Servant, in whom His "soul delights." This is also a very powerful expression of love in the Hebrew language:

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." - Isaiah 42:1

Painting of an Ancient Caravan
Painting of the Jordan River

"And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." - John 1:32-33

 

The New Testament
Charts
Maps
Birth of John the Baptist
Birth of Jesus
Childhood of Jesus
John the Baptist Appears
Baptism of Jesus
Temptation of Jesus
Jesus Begins His Work
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Jesus Meets Nicodemus
Imprisonment of John
Sermon on the Mount
The Twelve are Chosen
Raising of the Widow's Son
John's Inquiry from Prison
Jesus Calms the Storm
Jesus Raises Jairus' Daughter
Death of John the Baptist
Feeding the Multitudes
The Transfiguration
Jesus Leaves Galilee
Jesus Rejected at Samaria
Jesus Raises Lazarus
Mission of the Seventy
The Feast at Bethany
The Last Supper
The Betrayal
The Crucifixion
The Resurrection
The Ascension
The Holy Spirit is Given
The Church is Established
The First Persecutions
Philip at Samaria
Conversion of Saul
First Gentile Converted
The Church at Antioch
James Killed by Herod
Paul's Conversion
Paul's 1st Missionary Journey
Council at Jerusalem
Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey
Paul's 3rd Missionary Journey
Paul's Arrest at Jerusalem
Paul at Caesarea
Paul's Journey to Rome
Paul Arrives at Rome
Paul's Imprisonment at Rome
Paul is Acquitted
Paul Visits Various Places
Paul's 2nd Prison at Rome
Martyrdom of Paul
Destruction of Jerusalem


The Story of the Bible

The New Testament
About
Divisions
Timeline
NT Charts
NT Maps

The Birth of John the Baptist
The Birth of Jesus
The Childhood of Jesus
Beginning of John the Baptist's Ministry
The Baptism of Jesus
The Temptation of Christ
Jesus Begins His Public Ministry
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Jesus Meets Nicodemus
The Imprisonment of John the Baptist
The Sermon on the Mount
The Twelve Disciples are Chosen
The Raising of the Widow's Son
John the Baptist's Inquiry from Prison
Jesus Calming the Storm
Jesus Raises Jairus' Daughter
The Death of John the Baptist
The Feeding of the Multitudes
The Transfiguration of Jesus
Jesus Leaves Galilee for the Last Time
Jesus is Rejected at Samaria
Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead
The Mission of the Seventy
The Feast at Bethany
The Last Supper with His Disciples
The Betrayal by Judas
The Crucifixion of Jesus
The Resurrection of Jesus
The Ascension of Jesus
The Holy Spirit is Poured Out
The Church is Established
The First Persecutions of the Christians
Philip at Samaria
The Conversion of Saul
The First Gentile is Converted
The Founding of the Church at Antioch
The Gospel of Matthew is Written
James is Killed by Herod
Paul's Conversion on the Road to Damascus
Paul's First Missionary Journey Begins
The Council at Jerusalem
Paul's Second Missionary Journey Begins
I Thessalonians is Written
II Thessalonians is Written
Paul's Third Missionary Journey Begins
I Corinthians is Written
Galatians is Written
II Corinthians is Written
Romans is Written
The Gospel of Luke is Written

Paul's Arrest at Jerusalem
Paul at Caesarea
Paul's Journey to Rome
Paul Reaches Rome
Paul's Imprisonment at Rome
Ephesians is Written
Philippians is Written
Colossians is Written
Philemon is Written
James is Written
I Peter is Written
Acts is Written

Paul is Acquitted
He Visits Various Places
Hebrews is Written
I Timothy is Written
Titus is Written
The Gospel of Mark is Written
II Peter is Written

Paul's 2d Imprisonment at Rome
2 Timothy is Written
Martyrdom of Paul
Jude is Written
Destruction of Jerusalem
John's Writings

Conclusion
Bibliography and Credits

Summary of the New Testament Books

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation


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