Sunday, October 4, 2015
John The Baptist
Bible Questions Answered:
“Why was it that John the baptist did not want to baptize Jesus?...”
Trudy/ Flat Rock, Michigan U.S.A.
Matthew 3:1-17 KJV
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Isaiah 40:3)
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.(O.T. Prophets dress: II Kings 1:8/ Leviticus 11:21,22/ Psalm 81:16)
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with The Holy Ghost, and with Fire:
12 Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer (Permit) it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him.
16 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:
17 And lo A Voice From Heaven, saying, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
John 1:29-34 KJV
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold The Lamb Of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is He of whom I said, After me cometh A Man which is preferred before me: for He was before me.
31 And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw The Spirit descending from heaven like A Dove, and it abode upon Him.
33 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.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is The Son Of God.
John the baptist, and Jesus were cousins, John being 6 months the elder.
John the baptist, preached baptism as a sign of repentance and the forsaking of sin.
John knew that the Messiah was sinless, he replied to Jesus' request... “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?”
Isaiah 53:9 NLT
He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man’s grave.
II Corinthians 5:21 KJV
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
I Peter 2:22 KJV
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:
I John 3:5 KJV
And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.
John the baptist knew Jesus had “no,” sins to repent of, He was the promised Messiah.
But our Lord, admonished John that He was to be baptized.
Our Lord, showed that John's message of repentance from sin, was from God, and Jesus showed that His desire was to be completely obedient to God.
John 13:15 KJV (Jesus)
For I have given you an example..."
Our Lord as always set an example for His people.
Matthew 28:19 KJV
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost:
Mark 16:15,16 KJV
15 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
We need to repent of sin, and to forsake it, and ...