The Baptism of the Lord | Bethlehem Handicrafts

January 23, 2021

The Baptism of the Lord | Bethlehem Handicrafts
The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is a major event in the life of Jesus which is described in three of the gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke.  It is celebrated in the Catholic Church as well as the Anglican and Lutheran Churches on the first Sunday following The Epiphany of Our Lord (January 6). It  takes place at Al-Maghtas, located in Jordan where the Holy Spirit descended, and the voice of God the Father was heard declaring that Jesus is His Son.
Mark, Matthew, and Luke depict the baptism in parallel passages. In all three gospels, the Holy Spirit is depicted as descending upon Jesus immediately after his baptism accompanied by a voice from Heaven, but the accounts of Luke and Mark record the voice as addressing Jesus by saying "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased", while in Matthew the voice states "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23)

This is one of the most important sites of pilgrimage where the “spiritual birth” took place. It’s the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit descended on him from Heaven. Pilgrims go there to renew baptismal promises (or to actually be baptized).

"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him…” (Matthew 3:16-17)

Al-Maghtas was visited by Pope John Paul II in March 2000, and he said: "In my mind I see Jesus coming to the waters of the river Jordan not far from here to be baptized by John the Baptist".

John the Baptist, who wore “clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist” and ate “locusts and wild honey”, would stand in the waters and call people to repentance, proclaiming that “the kingdom of heaven has come near.” He was “the one [about] whom Isaiah the prophet spoke,” he was “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” He stood in the river and baptized all those who came confessing their sins (Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-6; John 1:22-28).

Jesus, the Son of God, the Creator of the Cosmos also stood in this river, and came walking toward John the Baptist to be baptized, and He heard John declare, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John tried to stop him, but Jesus insisted.

After being baptized, when Jesus “came up from the water” the heavens opened and “the Spirit of God [descended] like a dove and alighted on him.” Then there was a voice, the voice God the Father declaring “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34).


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