Passage: Matthew 3:13~17  

Keyverse: 17

First, fulfilling all righteousness (13-15)

Jesus began his public ministry by coming to John to be baptized. John knew who Jesus was and was confused because it seemed backwards-he needed to be baptized by Jesus with the Holy Spirit. John wasn't wrong, but it was right for Jesus to begin his ministry with a display of dedication and obedience to God. Jesus was baptized not to repent, but to be commissioned for service as the Messiah.

Second, God the Father and the Holy Spirit testify (16-17)

When Jesus came out of the water after being baptized, John witnessed an extraordinary sight. Heaven opened above Jesus, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. Then, God's voice spoke from heaven saying that Jesus was his beloved Son who always pleased him. This event has great significance because it was God's direct testimony about Jesus' identity. It is the basis of our faith.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us who Jesus is through his baptism. Help me learn from Jesus how to please you.

One Word: Jesus is God's beloved Son