When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)
Although I know how to swim and enjoy being in water, having someone dunk me backwards took a bit of courage and trust in the individual doing the dunking. But I wanted to experience the type of baptism I believe Jesus experienced. There’s something about total immersion that is indescribable. I believe it is the element of submission and trust that must be undertaken. Of course, I’m only talking about the physical transaction, not the spiritual.
The spiritual transformation is also indescribable. I truly felt cleansed and renewed in my spirit. As it is written, we die to our sin-nature and resurrect a new creature in Christ Jesus.
But wait! Since baptism symbolizes repentance, why did Jesus submit to water baptism? He was sinless.
Tomorrow, we’ll look another aspect of the example Jesus set for us. Prepare by reading and meditating on Luke 18:15-17—Jesus demonstrates compassion.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks