January 6, 2013: Matthew 3:13-17, Read for Older Children
December 30, 2012 Length: 1:55
At that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
1. What is baptism?
2. How does John baptize people in this story?
3. How does your priest baptize people?
4. What do we do on Theophany? Why?
5. What does the water represent?
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