INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

The excellent things Jesus did

At one time, many people thought that John, Jesus' cousin, was the special man they had been told was coming to save them from evil (see Matt. 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21, 22; John 1:29–34). This might have been because John washed people in water, not just to make them clean on the outside, but to show that they were clean on the inside, too. It was called baptizing. That's why he was often called John the Baptist.

Now, John was a special man, but he wasn't the Messiah. He knew that he, himself, was not the man God had sent to save the world. One day Jesus asked John to wash him in the Jordan River. John thought it should have been the other way around—that Jesus should wash him. But Jesus was very humble. He said it was important on that day for him to be the one who was baptized. And after he was washed, John saw that God had blessed Jesus. He said God's blessing was like a dove coming down from heaven, landing on Jesus.

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