Jesus Is Baptized

    “Jesus Is Baptized,” Friend, Nov. 2000, 28

    Jesus Is Baptized

    Chapter 10

    John the Baptist

    John lived in the desert for many years. He wore clothes made out of camel’s hair, and he ate honey and locusts, which are like grasshoppers. People came from the cities to listen to him teach. He was known as John the Baptist. Matt. 3:1–5

    He taught about Jesus

    John the Baptist taught them about Jesus Christ and told them to repent of their sins and be baptized. John baptized those who repented, to wash away their sins. Matt. 3:3, 6

    John knew Jesus was the Savior

    The people asked him how to live better lives. He told them to share with the poor, to always tell the truth, to not hurt other people. He said that Jesus Christ was coming to start His church and would give them the gift of the Holy Ghost. John knew that Jesus was the Savior and told the people so. Luke 3:10–14; Matt. 3:2, 11–12; John 1:33–36

    John baptized Jesus

    One day when John the Baptist was baptizing people in the Jordan River, Jesus Christ went there and asked John to baptize Him. John knew that Jesus had always obeyed God’s commandments and did not need to repent. John thought that Jesus did not need to be baptized. Matt. 3:13–15; 2 Ne. 31:5–7

    Jesus set the example

    But God had commanded all people to be baptized, so Jesus told John to baptize Him, and John did. Jesus set an example when He was baptized to obey God’s commandment. Matt. 3:16; 2 Ne. 31:7–8

    Heavenly Father was pleased with Jesus

    When Jesus came up out of the water, the Holy Ghost came to Him, and God spoke from heaven. God said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:16–17, Jesus the Christ, page 150

    Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett