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  • Writer's pictureTrish Perry

Baptism of Christ

Updated: Feb 28

Matthew 3:16-17

Sometimes I’m amazed by how much gets by me when I’m reading the Bible. It’s not just a getting-older thing, because I’ve always been this way. I’ve read cover to cover several times, and I still come across verses as if I’ve never seen them before. Constantly.

The other day my devotion addressed Matthew 3:16-17: “And when Jesus was baptized immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”

I hope I’m not the only one who never really thought about this before: at the moment depicted—when John the Baptist was floored to see his cousin, Jesus of Nazareth, approach him to get baptized—all three Persons of the Trinity were on deck. The Father is the One talking, the Son is the One getting baptized, and the Holy Spirit is descending from Heaven like a dove to rest on Jesus.

If anyone struggles with how the Trinity could possible BE, there’s the perfect example right there at the baptism of Christ. All three together, separate but One. How cool is that?

Musical notes

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.

Now you’re going to have that song stuck in your mind all day. You’re welcome!

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