Jesus is Baptized To Remember:
Jesus was baptized as an example for us
Lesson - Read Matthew 3:13-17
Baptize: to immerse in water for the forgiveness of sins
Repent: To turn away from wrong and toward right
John was baptizing Jews in the river. Jesus came to be baptized.
John said he was not worthy to baptize Jesus, for the Lord had no
sin. But Jesus insisted that it would fulfill all righteousness, and
he did baptize Him. When they came out of the water, the heavens
opened and the Spirit of God came down like a dove and rested on
Jesus' shoulder. A voice came from heaven saying "This is my beloved
son, in whom I am well pleased." This was the first open declaration
that Jesus was the son of God.
Baptism is immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins. Like
a bath washes off physical dirt, baptism washes off any wrong we
have done. But one must know right from wrong and believe in Jesus.
There are six steps to salvation. Hear, believe, repent, confess, be
baptized, and live righteously 'til death. Each one of these steps
True and False
- Musical Blessings:
Spell BAPTISM on the sheets, one letter per sheet. Have students name a
blessing that starts with that letter or sound.
- PK: Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned."
- readers: 1 Pet. 3:21 "The like figure whereby even baptism
doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of
- Craft: PK Draw the outline of a dove on white paper.
Draw wings with extra tabs at the ends. Have students cut out dove and
wings. Glue wings on each side of dove.
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in
Color picture of Jesus' baptism
- Discussion: Some people have a hard time with the wording in
Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned." They say that since baptism isn't mentioned
twice, it isn't necessary. But it's easy to understand when you compare it
to a winning game piece. He that receives the winning game piece and turns
it in, will receive a prize. He that doesn't receive the winning game piece,
loses. Why not mention turning in the game piece in the second half of the
sentence? Because no one would turn in the losing game piece. There is no
point to it. In the same way, baptism without belief is just getting wet.
Review Questions for
Jesus was baptized for the remission of sins. F
When John baptized people, he sprinkled them with water. F
When Jesus Christ was baptized, both the Holy Spirit and God appeared.
The Spirit appeared in the shape of a raven.
Jesus claimed to be God's son, but never proved it. F
What did the original word baptismo mean? immersion in water
What book provides this lesson? Matthew
Fill in the blank: "He that believeth and is ________ shall be saved."
Act out John's objections to baptizing Jesus.
Draw a dove.
Assemble a puzzle of Color picture of Jesus' baptism
How did John feel when Jesus asked him to baptize him? reluctant, humble
What did God say he felt about Jesus' actions? His son was beloved and
How do you think Jesus felt when God made such a public statement of his
pleasure? happy, fulfilled
Does sprinkling represent burial?
No, neither does pouring, or just 'accepting Jesus into your heart'.
If baptism isn't necessary, why did Jesus do it?
Baptism is so necessary, that Jesus did it even though He had no sin to
forgive, because it is necessary for obedience.
Can a baby "believe and be baptized?"
No, and he can't show obedience either.
Were New Testament converts sprinkled? no
Who all had John been baptizing? repentant
- Is the water that we are baptized in special or "holy"?
Not physically. It is the obedience and blood
of Christ that cleanses us from our sin. We can be baptized in any water.
- What does baptism represent?
Being buried as Christ was, and resurrecting a