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You are My beloved Son;* with You I am well pleased.
L: In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
C: For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
— Treasury of Daily Prayer; Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO; 2008, page O-70.
John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. By counting himself among sinners Jesus “made himself nothing.” (Philippians 2:7). Jesus went down into the water, and just as the Spirit hovered over the waters at the first creation, so also the Spirit came down over the waters at the new creation. (Genesis 1:2 & Matthew 3:16).
Through his baptism Jesus sanctified the waters. Now through the clean waters of baptism, we are cleansed and given new life: we are made babes and children of God. God never throws His babies out with the bathwater, but by taking the sin of the world upon and into Himself, Jesus became that bathwater filth that was thrown out. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
By counting himself with sinners Jesus “made himself nothing,” and then out of the nothingness of death He began to create new life and to make all things new in himself. Through baptism, God buried us with Christ “into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4). In Christ we are a new creation.