January 6, 2013: Matthew 3:13-17, Told for Younger Children
December 31, 2012 Length: 2:11
On day, our Lord Jesus Christ went from Galilee to the Jordan River. Jesus went to see John, to ask him to baptize Him.
John did not want to baptize Jesus. He told Jesus, “I should not baptize You. You should be the One to baptize me!”
But Jesus said that John should baptize Him because it was the right thing to do. So John baptized Jesus. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, the sky opened up and God’s Spirit came down. The Spirit looked like a dove. It rested on Jesus.
At the same time, a voice from Heaven said, “This is my Son that I love. I am very pleased with Him.”
1. Where does our Lord go in this story? Why does He go there?
2. Did John want to baptize Jesus? Did he baptize Him?
3. What happened when Jesus came up from the water?
4. Theophany is when we celebrate Jesus’ baptism. When were you baptized?
5. Have you ever seen someone else be baptized? Tell about it.
"It is a very important connection with Orthodox Christians for me. I love the Orthodox way of thinking. I don’t know why I am not an Orthodox. Perhaps it is because of my cultural background. The Orthodox way of thinking is to me like a new language. God bless you all."