Living the Baptized Life | Matthew 3:13-17

Living the Baptized Life | Matthew 3:13-17

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen


Please Stand for the Reading of God’s Word

Matthew 3:13-17 ESV  Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.  (14)  John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  (15)  But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.  (16)  And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;  (17)  and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

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  • Verse 13 starts off the story of Jesus’ baptism with a little detail that is often missed…

Matthew 3:13 ESV  Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

  • Jesus walked from Galilee to the Jordan river to be baptized by John.
    • That’s a 60 mile walk! That would take 2 days of walking at 12 hours a day without breaks!
    • What does that teach us? Jesus went out of His way to be baptized…
      • And not just a little out of his way… the Ethiopian Eunuch needed only to walk a few feet to be baptized…
      • But Jesus walked 60 miles! That shows us that BAPTISM WAS AND IS IMPORTANT TO JESUS!

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  • Guys we are going to get back to Luke, I promise! But Amanda reminded me that it is Baptism Sunday and she couldn’t remember a time that we preached on Baptism,
    • So today we are going to preach on Baptism… it was important to Jesus so it should be important to us too.

Point One: Baptism is an Early Step of Righteousness

  • Point one this morning is that Baptism is an early step of Righteousness in a believers life.
    • John protested protested Jesus baptism, did you catch that in this morning’s reading?
      • Jesus didn’t have any sins… Jesus did not need to repent or be cleansed. John urged Jesus “It is You that should Baptize me!”
    • But look at how Jesus responded in verse 15…

Matthew 3:15 ESV  But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.

  • Jesus says “Yes, Baptism Me because in so doing we will be fulfilling righteousness.
    • Righteousness simply means “right standing with God” or “Being right in God’s eyes”.
    • To behave righteously, you simply need to obey God, and of course anything outside of righteous living is sinful living.
  • So what do we know by Jesus attributing righteousness to baptism…
    • We know that baptism is something God wants us to do!
      • Therefore even though Jesus never sinned, never repented, never was saved… He still was baptized because God calls us all to be baptized!
      • Though Jesus did not per say, need to be baptized, He know He must be baptized to fulfil and please the Father and to be a perfect example for us.
      • In Short, God says get baptized, Jesus get’s baptized, and God is pleased.
  • But how does this apply to us?

Acts 2:38 ESV  And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:16 ESV  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  (19)  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (20)  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  • Therefore, if Jesus commands Baptism… and Jesus is God… and righteousness means obeying God… then one of the first righteous acts a believer can do is be Baptized!
    • And of course I am not saying it has to be the first righteous act… but generally speaking baptism and salvation went hand in hand.
    • When someone got saved traditionally and even biblically they would get baptized almost immediately.
  • So for a Christian this is can be a first act of physical obedience after being saved.
    • It’s a physical act… you have to get in the water and be dunked.
    • It’s a public act… other people are going to watch you.
    • And it is an act that goes against your flesh… it is strange… something only religious nuts do right… and now I have to do it?
      • Yup! You told Jesus you wanted Him to be your Lord… here is your first test. Get Baptized. Jesus tells you to do it… so are you going to do it?

Luke 6:46 ESV  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

  • So that’s for new Christians… and we have some new Christians being baptized…
    • In fact, when Ezra told me, and I quote “God told me it’s time for me to be baptized” I asked him why he thought we should get baptized, and he answered “God tells us to, so we should!” and he is exactly right, and I am so proud to be baptizing him today!
  • But what does this mean for older believers?
    • Well, one, if you haven’t been baptized ask yourself “why?”, why have you neglected a clear command from God?
    • But if you have, as most of you have, how can you apply this principle to your life now?
      • By honestly answering this question.
      • Are you still obeying God with the same faith and fervor as when you got baptized?
        • Because I am betting that when you got baptized you didn’t fully understand what was going on… but you knew you wanted it because Jesus wanted it for you… so you did it.
        • But what about know? Has God told you to do something that is a little out of the ordinary?
        • Are you afraid of what others might think?
        • Maybe you don’t fully understand it.
          • NONE OF THOSE THINGS STOPPED YOU FROM BEING BAPTIZED… What has changed? Where has your fever gone?
  • It used to be so simple, as a new Christian it was basically “Just do whatever Jesus says…”
    • But as we get older in our faith we start to get pride… we start to think that we know better…
    • We start to sound like Satan in our theology “Did God really say? Did Jesus really say!”
    • MAN! I want to go back to “Whatever, Jesus saved me, I will do WHATEVER for Him!” Amen?!

Point Two: Baptism a Symbol of a Fresh Start, a New Life

Romans 6:4 ESV  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

  • When Jesus was baptized it served as a prophetic witness to those watching, that He would one day be buried and three days later rise again.
    • In a like manner, when a new believer is baptized it shows that he has died and been born again (risen) in Christ Jesus.
    • It is a symbol of a new life, a new start, of being made brand new.
      • Much like a wedding ceremony is a symbol of a new life with your spouse, so the baptism ceremony is a symbol of a new life with Christ.
    • Here is a fun fact that most of you know, but maybe haven’t thought about.
      • Did you know that a wedding doesn’t make you married?
        • A White dress, a black tuxedo, walking down the aisle… grooms men, brides made, friends and family watching.
        • The pastor’s sermon, the exchange of rings… even saying “I do” none of that makes you married.
          • What makes you married is a very sterile, bland, black and white sheet of printed paper called a marriage license. It is sent to you by the state, you sign it, your spouse signs it, your officiant signs it, and two witness sign it.
            • That’s it, that’s what makes you married.
        • The wedding ceremony is simply an outward and public celebration of what happens when you sign that marriage license.
        • So it is with baptism, baptism doesn’t kill you… well not if you do it right… and it doesn’t cause you to be resurrected or born again.
        • It is Christ who kills your old life and gives you new life, when you are born again.
        • Baptism is the celebration, the public ceremony celebrating what Christ did, so that the world can know!

Acts 22:16 ESV  And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’

  • Again, Baptism does not literally wash away your sins, there is not enough chlorine in the world to make water that clean!
    • But it symbolizes that CHRIST has washed away your sins. It celebrates that fact.
  • So for those of you being baptized today, we celebrate with you that you are a new creation born in Christ!
  • But what about those of you, the many of you, who are not being baptized today.
    • Those of you who were baptized a long time ago?
    • I want to tell you, it’s not to late for a fresh start.
    • It’s not to late to repent and be made fresh again.
    • As you watch those being baptized today, if you have sin heavy on your heart, give it to Jesus, Cry out to him, offer your heart to him again.
    • I am not necessarily saying you need to get in the physical water again, but I am saying the living water is waiting for you.
    • Listen to the words of David:

Psalms 51:10-12 ESV  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  (11)  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  (12)  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

  • When David wrote that he was not some heathen who didn’t know God.
    • This was well after he was anointed by Samuel.
    • This was well after he had slain Goliath.
    • This was well after he had become king of Israel as promised by God.
  • Yet David sinned. He slept with Bathsheba. He murdered Uriah, her husband.
    • He didn’t give up on God. He didn’t need a new relationship with God. He needed a RENEWED relationship with God.
    • Maybe that needs to be your heart cry this morning.
    • Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, oh Lord, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.


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May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;

May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

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