Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 3:13-17: “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. 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; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”
Moses was called by God to do God’s work. John the Baptist was called to do God’s work. Jesus is now called to God’s work. It was time for him to leave the quiet life of the town he lived in and start the ministry that God had called him to do on behalf of all humans.
Jesus was baptized even though he had not committed any sin. But he submitted to being baptized because we who are sinners need to be baptized. His baptism was the right start because, through his baptism, we would ultimately be joined to him in his suffering, death, and resurrection.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus thank you for joining yourself to us through your baptism so that through our baptism we are joined with you, for our salvation. In your name, we pray. Amen.