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Jesus is Baptized
To Remember: Jesus was baptized as an example for us

Vocabulary
  • Baptize: to immerse in water for the forgiveness of sins
  • Repent: To turn away from wrong and toward right
Lesson - Read Matthew 3:13-17

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 is important.

Activities
  • Musical Blessings: Spell BAPTISM on the sheets, one letter per sheet. Have students name a blessing that starts with that letter or sound.
  • Memory Work
    • 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 Jesus Christ:"
  • 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.
  • Sing I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
  • Graphic 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.
True and False
  1. Jesus was baptized for the remission of sins.      F
  2. When John baptized people, he sprinkled them with water.    F
  3. When Jesus Christ was baptized, both the Holy Spirit and God appeared.   T
  4. The Spirit appeared in the shape of a raven.   F
  5. Jesus claimed to be God's son, but never proved it.  F
Review Questions for gameboard

wpe1.jpg (2412 bytes) linguistic questions
  1. What did the original word baptismo mean? immersion in water
  2. What book provides this lesson? Matthew
  3. Fill in the blank: "He that believeth and is ________ shall be saved."
wpe2.jpg (2212 bytes)  activity questions
  1. Act out John's objections to baptizing Jesus.
  2. Draw a dove.
  3. Assemble a puzzle of Color picture of Jesus' baptism
wpe3.jpg (1496 bytes)  emotion questions
  1. How did John feel when Jesus asked him to baptize him? reluctant, humble
  2. What did God say he felt about Jesus' actions? His son was beloved and pleasing
  3. How do you think Jesus felt when God made such a public statement of his pleasure? happy, fulfilled
wpe4.jpg (1906 bytes) application questions
  1. Does sprinkling represent burial?    No, neither does pouring, or just 'accepting Jesus into your heart'.
  2. 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.
wpe5.jpg (3300 bytes) fact questions
  1. Can a baby "believe and be baptized?" No, and he can't show obedience either.
  2. Were New Testament converts sprinkled? no
  3. Who all had John been baptizing? repentant Jews
wpe7.jpg (1853 bytes) review questions

  1. 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.
  2. What does baptism represent?   Being buried as Christ was, and resurrecting a new person.

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