The Baptism of Jesus: A Tale Told for Kids

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Today's Bible story is about the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. This significant event marks the beginning of Jesus' public ministry while He was on earth.

The story is recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, with each offering unique details that contribute to a fuller understanding of its significance.

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Once Upon a Time in the Wilderness

In a far-off land, blessed with sunshine, rivers, and an endless sky, lived an extraordinary man named John the Baptist. John wasn't your everyday neighbor. Picture him wearing a coat made from camel’s hair (yes, it was as itchy as it sounds) and snacking on locusts with a side of wild honey. John was a bit of a wilderness enthusiast, but he had a very important job to do.

John's mission was by the Jordan River, where he shared a powerful message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." People traveled from places far and wide, like Jerusalem and Judea, just to hear him and take part in a special ritual.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”

- Matthew 3:2-3
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The Pharisees and Sadducees

Imagine lining up by the river not for a swim but to be baptised by John, symbolizing a wish to be better and to say sorry for any misdeeds. This wasn't just a splash in the water; it was a pledge for a fresh start.

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But then, along came some visitors who were, let's say, not very liked. The Pharisees and Sadducees, think of them as the not-so-nice popular crowd, came for the baptism. But John, with his keen eyes, called them out, “You bunch of sneaky snakes! Being descendants of Abraham doesn't cut it. Show you're sorry by being nice and kind. If a tree doesn’t grow good fruit, it’s time for it to go. We’re after the good fruits here!

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

- Matthew 3:7-10
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A Promise of Someone Greater

John also had some exciting news to share while baptizing people. "There's someone super special and greater than me is coming. This person is so amazing, He will baptise you with something better than water - the Holy Spirit and fire. He will sort things out big time, separating the good from the bad, just like a farmer separates wheat from chaff."

And just when the buzz couldn't get any louder, Jesus arrived at the Jordan River. Jesus, needing no introduction to John, asked to be baptized. John was shocked, “Me, baptize You? Surely, it should be the other way around!”

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However, Jesus, with a smile of pure kindness, insisted, “This is the way it must be, to make everything right.”

A Heavenly Moment by the River

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So, John baptized Jesus, and as he did, something miraculous took place. As Jesus rose from the water, the skies parted, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove, and rested upon Jesus. Then, a voice, both thunderous and comforting, declared from above, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

The End of Story - The Baptism of Jesus

And so, children, the story of Jesus' baptism teaches us several important lessons. Just like Jesus humbly went to John to be baptized, we too should be humble in our lives, and always ready to follow God's plan for us, even when it might not make sense at first.

When the Holy Spirit came down like a dove, it was a beautiful sign that God was with Jesus. It reminds us that God is always with us too, guiding us through our lives, even during times when we might not feel it. And just like God was proud of His Son, God loves us all very much and is happy when we try to do what is right.

Remember, Jesus' baptism was the start of His amazing work on Earth, helping and teaching others. We can also make a positive difference in the world by being kind, helping those in need, and sharing love and joy with everyone around us.

The end of the story, but it's just the beginning of our own adventures in trying to be more like Jesus every day. Let's be thankful for God's love and ask for His help to guide us in doing good.

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