A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Jesus, his baptism


John the Baptist was baptising people in the River Jordan as a sign that they were sorry for the things they had done which had displeased God and that they wanted to obey God from then on. John told the people that someone very important was coming to them from God, the common name for this special person being the Messiah.

One day, John saw Jesus coming to him to be baptised. John objected, saying Jesus' baptismthat he needed to be baptised by Jesus, not the other way round. However Jesus said that this was the right thing to do. So John baptised Jesus, immersing him in the water of the River Jordan. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the Spirit of God coming down to him as a dove. Then a voice from Heaven said,

‘This is my Son. I love him and I am pleased with everything he does.’

The story illustrates:

Bible References

Matthew 3:1-17
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