To institute the ordinances of the church
Text: Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 26:26-29
In our passages today we find two things. First, Jesus baptism by John the Baptist and second the Lord’s supper. I know we skipped over the baptism of Jesus at the beginning of our study and I did that purposefully so that I could write on these two subjects at the same time because I believe they go hand in hand. These two passages show us the importance of what have become know as the ordinances of the church. It is important that we see that even Jesus, the Savior of the world, was baptized. Baptism is not salvation. Baptism is our way of showing others that we have indeed accepted Jesus as our Savior. It is our first step of obedience in following Jesus as his disciple. Jesus, the Son of God, did not have to be baptized. He chose to do this so that we would have His example to follow in baptism.
Secondly we see Jesus instituting the Lord’s Supper. This instance where Jesus takes the bread and breaks it stating it was His body and again, the cup and says that this is His blood, is the first Lord’s Supper. This shows His body was broken for us and his blood was spilled out. He did this to instruct his disciples with Him and also us (his future disciples) to do this often as a remembrance of His death.
These two ordinances were shown to have extreme significance since our Savior Himself participated in them. We are to accept him as Savior, be baptized showing the world of our new life in Christ and then partake in the Lord’s Supper often as a remembrance of His death. He came to earth to institute these ordinances so that we (His church) would follow His example.