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Matthew 3:13-17 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Jan 11


As we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our LORD, we will discuss and explore the beginning of Jesus' ministry, which was initiated with his baptism by John in the River Jordan. We will reflect on the discussion between John and Jesus (as John objects to baptizing Jesus...it should be the other way, says John!), and the humility of Jesus, which would be a constant theme throughout his earthly ministry...and his lesson to us all!


Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Matthew 3:13-17).


For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson from the Gospel according to Matthew, and reflect on the words and actions of both Jesus and John the Baptist in the story. What are your thoughts about John's hesitation to baptize Jesus because he feels unworthy to do so; and Jesus' reply that John should baptize Jesus in order to fulfill all righteousness? What do you think Jesus meant when he said, "fulfill all righteousness?"

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, and reflect on the following question: "How did Jesus' humble act of seeking baptism by John display how he understood who he was and what he was sent to do?"

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below, and reflect on what you believe Jesus was teaching the people by the river through his actions of being baptized by John, and by his exchange with John. What do we learn about God, or about God's plan for Jesus' ministry among God's people through this story?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the following: Do you believe Jesus developed a deeper understanding of his mission and ministry to God's people through his baptism by John? Do you believe the people standing by the River Jordan gained a deeper understanding of Jesus by experiencing his baptism? Do you believe the people had many questions about what they experienced?


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