Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blended Gospels, Jesus' Baptism

In those days, then, Jesus came from Nazareth of 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 came up out of the water, and behold, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending on him in bodily form, like a dove, coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice came from heaven and said, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age

[ESV translation, Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-23a]

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