John Baptizes Jesus & Why You Should Be Baptized Too

John Baptizes Jesus & Why You Should Get Baptized Too
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John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River. This statement raises a few questions such as: Why did the son of God need to be baptized? & Do I need to be baptized too? This article will answer those questions.

What Is Baptism?

Baptism is the first official ordinance that is taken when we begin moving towards a christ-like life. The act of baptism is the complete physical submersion of the body by water. A worthy priesthood holder must perform the baptism on the persons taking the vow, in the name of Jesus Christ. 

What Is The Purpose Of Getting Baptized?

When you are baptized you are promising to take upon you the name of Jesus Christ.

The Lord commands us to be baptized, for even he himself was baptized. John the Baptist “did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” Mark 1:4. Baptism removes us from sin and makes us clean again. This allows us to dwell in the presence of the Lord. 

What Is Baptism In Christianity?

Baptism in Christianity is when you take upon the name of Christ and your sins are washed away. This is done by the full submergence of water by a worthy priesthood holder.

One is able to be baptized from the age of 8 and up. This is due to the fact that the individual is mature enough to know what covenants they are making.

Why Did Jesus Get Baptized?

“At the beginning of Jesus Christ’s ministry, He traveled from Galilee to the Jordan River. John the Baptist was there preaching and baptizing the people. Jesus went to John and asked to be baptized. John did not want to do it, because he thought that Jesus should baptize him. He asked Jesus why He needed to be baptized. The Savior explained that He needed to be baptized to be obedient to the commandments of Heavenly Father.

“And John went down into the water and baptized him.

“And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and John saw, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus.

“And lo, he heard a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him.” (JST, Matt. 3:44–46,)” (LDS.org)

That was not the only reason why Jesus was baptized according to biblical scholars.

There are several additional reasons why Jesus was baptized by John too.

By Jesus participating in the baptismal covenant it shows the people his endorsement and importance of baptism. For even the Son of God was baptized. Being the king of kings and the Son of God he did not personally need it. He was sin free. He wanted to lead the way for his people.

John was a direct descendant of the Aaronic priesthood line. The priesthood holders would present sacrifices to the lord. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins as he is repeatedly referred to as the lamb of God.

Jesus was about to start his public ministry so it was important for him to be publicly recognized by John.

John Baptizes Jesus In The River Of Jordan & The Symbolism Behind It.

Scholars believe that there is a religious significance for the use of the river Jordan for Jesus’s baptism.

The word Jordan means to ‘go down.’ While many rivers flow downwards the river Jordan is the lowest spot on earth (along the point of where it connects with the Red Sea). Jesus went down to be baptized on the lowest point on earth. This symbolizes homing from the high (the heavens) down to mortal life. This lower point also symbolizes our sins and shows that we can rise from the lowest of the low to upon high with new life.

What Is The Difference Between The Baptism Of John And The Baptism Of Jesus?

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One is done through water the other through fire. John baptized with water for the remission of sins. Where is the baptism of fire is when you receive the Holy Ghost.

Jesus also taught that we need to be reborn again through baptism and spirit. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5

Preparing For Baptism

To begin preparing for baptism we need to begin working on our spiritual hygiene. This is done by cleansing our spirit. Making new righteous choices and cease any spiritually unclean activities. We begin to start working on keeping the commandments in preparation for our new life with the savior. 

My personal baptism was at the age of 12. My parents had left the church for some time and decided to come back again for a short period of time. I still remember the day and my Grandfather watching me so proudly. It’s a day I will never forget. I also remember my preparation and how important it was to understand what I was undertaking.

These days most people wear baptismal suits for their baptism. You can also wear all white clothing. My mother put me in a dress and forgot to add a sports bra. I was pretty mortified when it all went see-through in front of my family. 12 is awkward enough right? My advice to you is if you want to wear a beautiful dress that you can keep forever and remember that special day then make sure you have a thick sports bra.

While not all churches require that you study prior to baptism I highly recommend that you understand what you are committing too.

Your Covenants Include:

  1. Come into the fold of God (become a member of his church. The Church
    of Jesus Christ).
  2. Be called his son or daughter (take upon me the name of Christ).
  3. Bear others’ burdens, that they may be light; mourn with those that
    mourn; and comfort those in need of comfort (help others).
  4. Stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in
    all places (testify of Christ and set a good example at all times).
  5. Serve God and keep his commandments.

What Does Taking Upon The Name Of Christ Mean?

Ask Gramps says “Taking upon ourselves the name of Christ can mean several things: In the first place, if we take upon ourselves His name, we are his–we belong to him. This would be similar to having the surname of our father. Our surname identifies the family that we belong to.

Another aspect of taking upon ourselves the name of Christ is that we become his representatives, we may act officially in his name. This would include official acts of the priesthood, but it would also include acts of compassion and kindness that stem from our own initiative.”

What Are The Commandments?

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall make no idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Omission of Sins

The omission of sins is one of the most important reasons why we need to understand what we are taking on at Baptism and what we are committing too.

The Lord sees those who purposely sin and ignore his way is much more offensive to the Lord over one who sins without omission.

What Is The Holy Ghost?

The holy ghost is a member of the Godhead. This is explained in 1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 

We are blessed with the Holy Ghost after our Baptismal covenant. This means that we have the gift of continual guidance and inspiration from the holy ghost. This does not mean that we get the Holy Ghost and then we can act however we want. We must maintain our spiritual cleanliness in order to keep the Holy Ghost with us. 1 Corinthians 3:16 -17 

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is hold, which temple ye are.”

Once you have experienced the presence of the Holy Ghost you will want him to reside within you always. The holy ghost is a guide, comforter, revealer of truth, sanctifier and brings deep everlasting peace.

Receiving the Holy Ghost comes shortly after your baptism. It is given through the laying on of hands and prayer.

How To Keep Spiritually Pure

You may be wondering how to keep the holy ghost with you. We all sin and life sometimes can get the best of us. We are not perfect and never will be! Well not on this lifetime on earth anyway. 

The weekly gift of sacrament allows you to renew your baptismal covenant and allows you to be spiritually washed clean. The sacrament is partaking in the blood and flesh of Christ generally represented by water or grape juice and bread.

Taking these ordinances and practicing prayer and scripture study are actions to build a relationship with Heavenly Father. Mathew 7:21 from the new testament talks about how we must know and build a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mathew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 tAnd then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Food For Thought

Source LDS.org

Why Was John Baptizing The Jews Before Christ?

There were some leaders that had heard about John and his works. The leaders sent messengers to talk to John. They asked, “Are you the One God promised to send?” John said,

“No. I am not the One God promised to send. I was sent to get the people
ready for Him. God is about to send Him. The One God will send is much more important than I am!”

To whom did John the Baptizer direct his disciples, and how can we imitate him today?

John directed his disciples to Jesus. John had known that he was here to prepare the people for Christ. This is shown through Matthew 23:10

“Neither be called leaders, for your Leader is one, the Christ.”-

Why Did John Refuse To Baptise Jesus At First?

John felt inadequate and that the Son of God should be baptizing him. A good question to ask yourself: Is there anything holding you back due to a lack of self-worth?

Was the Spirit that descended that of God himself or the Holy Ghost?

This is a great question. We can answer this by looking at the four gospel accounts of the Baptism of Jesus Christ.

Source BYU

So we have:

  • Matthew saying that the spirit of God descended.
  • Mark tells us of the spirit descending.
  • Luke tells us that the holy ghost came upon him.

The holy ghost is a member of the Godhead. This is explained in 1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 

Why Are The Accounts Of The Voices In The Heavens Different?

This is because there are two accounts happening here. As we know God is omnipresent meaning he can be in multiple places at once. We see that there is a message to John here being the declaration that Jesus is God’s son. The second account is Heavenly Father speaking to Jesus telling him he is proud of him.

So are you ready to take on your baptismal covenants? I know it can be hard because the world today is very different from how Christ wants us to live. Being someone who has lived both lives I can testify that a life with Christ is more fulfilling, less destructive, and will enhance your spiritual growth here on earth.

Do you have any questions that I may have missed? If so drop them in the comments below and I will publish the answers for you.

I hope you enjoyed my article John Baptizes Jesus & Why You Should Get Baptized Too.

Wishing you happiness,

Jadore Vanessa

This contains excerpts from the book ‘Finding Light – From New Age To Spiritual Fulfilment’

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