Mark 1:9-11 “It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Water baptism is one of the most common practices in Christianity, it is not a ritual but a commandment from Jesus that we repent and be baptized (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16).
But still, many Christians take this lightly and are content in just receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. The Bible is very clear as it tells us to repent and be baptized.
Jesus is the Son of God but still, He was so obedient to the Father and took baptism. He did not want to just command us to be baptized but decided to be an example to all of us by getting baptized.
When Jesus was baptized, three things happened:
1. The heavens were parted,
2. The Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove
3. A Voice said from heaven: “You are My Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Baptism unlocks something in the spiritual realm for our life that we cannot see. Jesus was born as a sinless person and was conceived in the womb of a virgin by the power of Almighty God, later as well He lived a life of sinlessness.
He received His Father’s approval when He came up from the waters of baptism, it was the seal of approval on the first thirty years of His Son’s life.
Jesus did not need to confess His sins because He was sinless, He was not there for repentance, but He was there to take Baptism when He came up out of the waters.
The Holy Spirit came upon His life at that moment and even though He had been born of the Spirit and the presence of the Spirit was with Him and upon Him all those years He did His ministry.
The Holy Spirit was released upon His life after He was baptized as He had to be prepared for His death, burial, and resurrection. He needed the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit in His life.
Some believers do not know the difference between being born by the Spirit of God and being baptized by the Spirit of God. Jesus is the best example of this because He was born by the Holy Spirit and there was a spiritual presence of the Holy Spirit in Him.
Jesus is called the second Adam (1 Corin. 15:45-48) because, through His act of obedience in baptism, death, and resurrection, God’s Grace was poured out on humanity.