Bread Trail: The Baptism
Bread Trail, the journey to Resurrection Sunday. For the next few weeks we will be looking at Jesus as the bread of life and His life leading up to his death and resurrection.
This week, Jose Rodriguez shares his thoughts and reflections on Sunday's message.
As we prepare for Easter, this sermon really set the tone as to how and why we celebrate the pinnacle of Jesus’ journey to victory, beginning with his baptism in Matthew 3:13-17.
This sermon was a great reminder that Jesus’ baptism was more than just a Christian’s rite of passage towards repentance and righteousness. In fact, if we look deeper into the Scriptures and ask ourselves why was this so important, we will be refreshed by how deeply engrossed his love is for us.
The baptism of Jesus shows us that God draws near and is near to us. We see that he relates with sinful people by humbling himself amongst us as a servant. He emptied himself as this glorious God to affirm his solidarity with his beloved creation (see Philippians 2:5-8). What a compelling love! His pursuit of us should not only comfort but convince us that repentance will lead to a righteousness that He has fully lived for us.
Lastly, Jesus’ baptism reveals God’s delight in righteousness and grants us life as a new creation. He who was sinless took on our sin that we may have life abundantly. Romans 6:3-4 says “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
As we reflect on Easter and journey towards Resurrection Sunday, we too ought to delight in Jesus’s Baptism. He made the first move in drawing near to us, that we may find freedom as a new creation. I’m ready for the next nugget on this trail to victory!