Nikki and I spent three semesters of our college years at
During those few semesters I developed a new appreciation for home cooking. To this day, I am very thankful every time I eat a meal made by my wife, not only is she a great cook, but I don’t have to eat that horrible food from Montreat every again. I have a new appreciation. Have you ever had an experience that gave you a new appreciation for something? This week, I had another experience like that from Mark’s gospel. I developed a new appreciation for baptism and especially my own baptism. This week I will give a series of blog posts from Mark 1 answering the question, "Why did Jesus have to be baptized?" Here is the text:
“Mark 1:9-11 In those days Jesus came from
The obvious question that arises from our text is this, “Why in the world did Jesus need to be baptized?” I mean, He’s sinless, He does not need to be saved. This is a question that even John the Baptist asked and is recorded by Matthew in his account of this event. Read the words of an early church Father:
He began his ministry by being hungry, yet he is the bread of life.
Jesus ended his earthly ministry by being thirsty yet he is the living water.
Jesus was weary, yet he is our rest.
Jesus paid tribute, yet his is the king.
Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet he cast out demons.
Jesus wept, yet he wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet he redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet he is the good shepherd.
Jesus died, yet by his death he destroyed the power of death.
Yet this man, the God man, the Son of God, submitted to the baptism of John the Baptist in the