But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him. Matthew 3:15
John the Baptist objected to baptizing Jesus, but when I think about this I wonder, who else would have done it. There was no one else around that had the revelation of baptizing people. At least not that we can see in scripture. He finally agrees to do it with a little coaxing from Jesus. Jesus told John that this is the way God the Father planned it to work out. When Jesus came out of the water, there was a voice from heaven saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am very pleased.”
I always thought that God was please with Jesus because He was perfect and was better than everyone else. However, the real reason Jesus pleased the Father was because He fulfilled His plan and mission in the world. Yes, He was perfect and never sinned, but God the Father was glorified in Jesus submitting His will to God each day.
Think about it, why did Jesus need to be baptized? He didn’t have an old sinful nature that needed to be put to death, buried and raise up with Jesus. Jesus hadn’t even died yet, so He couldn’t be baptized into the body of believers. Jesus was baptized because it was a step of obedience in the assignment He was given to complete here in the world.
We too have an assignment and mission while we are here in the world. When we submit to our Father in heaven each day and walk out the plan He made for us, He is well pleased with you and me in the same way. Psalms 139:16 tells us that God planned every day of our lives before we even took our first breath. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Today I want to encourage you to submit every area of your life to the plan God has written for you. Thank Him for His good plans and that He knows you so well to put together such a unique and special assignment. Then thank Him for making it clear and plain so that you can follow that path and accomplish all that is in His heart for you. Glorify His name as you reach others and impact your world for the Kingdom of Heaven. Then look forward to the day at the end of you deployment to hearing those word: “This is my precious and love child in whom I am well pleased! Well done My good and faithful one!”
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 3:13-17
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”