Daily Devos: Baptism of Jesus

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 NRSV

 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

  21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.D




Sunday:  Luke 3:15

Dear Jesus, I am thankful that you are with me, even when I am filled with questions.  Help me to bring all of my questions to you.    Amen.

Have you ever questioned something in your heart?  What was that experience like?  What do you remember about John from earlier in our story?  Why do you think he reappears here?

Monday:  Luke 3:16a

Dear God, I thank you for forgiving my sins, again and again and again.  Help me to lead a life worthy of you.  Amen.

John’s baptism was a simple washing away of current sins.  It was something that people repeated again and again over the course of a lifetime.  How does this differ from what you believe about baptism?

Tuesday:  Luke 3:16b

Dear God, send your Holy Spirit into my life.  Be as close to me as my every breath.  Amen.

What do you think it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire?  What is the difference between being washed with water and purified with fire?  In what ways do you think the Holy Spirit is active in you?

Wednesday:  Luke 3:17

Dear Jesus, you take away the sin of the world.  Have mercy on me.  Amen.

John’s statement here mirrors farming practices in Bible times.  Why do you think he compares our lives in God to this practice?  What part of you needs to be shucked away?

Thursday:  Luke 3:21a

Dear Jesus, stir up my faith in you, that I may use the gifts you give to help a hurting world. Amen.

Have you ever been to a worship service where multiple people were baptized or confirmed?  What was that experience like?  What would it have been like to be baptized on the same day as Jesus?

Friday:  Luke 3:21b-22a

Dear God, all of your creation is connected, and we are only a part of the whole.  Help us to widen our gaze, that we may see all the ways in which you show up in our lives.  Amen.

When Jesus was baptized, something different happened.  The heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove.  Why do you think this happened?  Tell about a time when you experienced the heavens opening (like a big storm), or something from the natural world reminded you of God.

Saturday:  Luke 3:22b

Dear Jesus, I thank you for the gift of baptism.  Help me to claim my identity as “beloved,” and do that which is well-pleasing in your sight.  Amen.

When Jesus was baptized, God spoke out loud.  What do you think it means that in baptism, you are a child of God who is beloved, with whom God is well pleased?

Daily Devos: Jesus is Baptized


Dear God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, and for the promises of forgiveness, love, and hope.  Help us to walk wet as we follow in your footsteps.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


You can download the coloring page here:  http://misdibujoscristianos.blogspot.com/2012/01/bautizo-de-jesus.html

Jesus Baptism


Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”


Do you know the story of the day that you were baptized?  If so, tell it.  If not, talk to someone who would know, and learn it for yourself.  What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice?  What would it have been like to see the heavens ripped apart?  What would it have been like to see the Spirit like a dove from heaven?

Family God Time: Remembering Our Baptism

This week in our parish, we will be celebrating the baptism of an infant.  Since my girls were also baptized as infants, and they don’t remember the event, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remember our baptisms.


I plan to do this Family God Time outside, since we might get a little bit wet!

First, share the stories of your children’s baptisms with them, or ask them to tell the stories, if they know them.

Then, remind them that although baptism is a one time event, we can remember it any time!

bowl of water
small pine branches
youtube video (below)

I found this prayer by St. Osmund:
God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.

First, we will dip our hands in the bowl of water and trace a small cross on each part of our bodies as we do the prayer repeat-after-me style.  For “end and departing,” we will trace copies on our feet.

Next, we will learn a little song that goes with the prayer.  You can learn it with actions here:

Once we know the song with actions, we will dip our pine branches in the bowl of water and fling God’s blessings everywhere as we continue to sing the song  (I fully expect this to become a holy water fight!).

End your time together by thanking God for the gift of baptism.  Thank you for taking some Family God Time together.  I hope it has been a holy time for you.

In Christ,  Breen Marie

Daily Devos: Jesus’ Baptism Mark 1:4-11

My family openly rebelled when I stopped providing daily devotions for the dinner table.  Because I am moving on to other projects for Lent, and my younger daughters want me to reestablish weekly Family God Time, I have simplified the devotions from what we did over Advent and Christmas.  We read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat.  We pray the prayer before we leave the table.

You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here:  Daily Devotions Mark 1 4 11

I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!


And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Prayer of the Week:  Dear Jesus, we thank you for the gift of baptism, which unites us as brothers and sisters in Christ.  Help us to live as your beloved children.  In your name we pray, Amen.


MARK 1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Have you ever spent any time in the wilderness?  What was that experience like?  Why do you think that John decided to appear in the wilderness, instead of a town?


MARK 1:5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Do you remember a time when someone was baptized in your church?  What was that experience like?  How do you think it would feel to tell John about all of the bad things you had done, and then have them washed away in the river?


MARK 1:6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

BIG QUESTIONS:  Have you ever known someone who wore different clothes or ate different food than you did?  What was that experience like?  Why do you suppose that John was so different than everyone else?


MARK 1:7-8 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Who do you think John was preparing the people for?  What do you think it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit?  What do you think of when you think of the Holy Spirit?


MARK 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

BIG QUESTIONS:  This is a time when Jesus and his cousin John were together in one place.  John had prepared the way for people to hear Jesus’ message, and now he was handing over the work to Jesus.  In what ways do you think you can prepare yourself and others for Jesus?


MARK 1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.

BIG QUESTIONS:  When you think about the Holy Spirit, do you think of a dove?  Do you think of the heavens being torn apart?  Why do think that the Holy Spirit decided to show up in that way at Jesus’ baptism?


MARK 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

BIG QUESTIONS:  Who do you think the voice belonged to?  Why do you think it said what it said?  What if these words were addressed to you?


Jesus is Baptized: Matthew 3

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about the day that Jesus was baptized.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Matthew 3:13-17
Read the story of Jesus’ baptism in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:

For this story, my family and I used the Spark Story Bible.  You can purchase one here:

Discuss as a family:

What do you remember about the day that you were baptized?

What do you parents remember?

Have you ever seen a baptism before?  What was it like?

What do you think about God calling us his beloved daughters and sons?  What is it like to know that God is well pleased with you?

Song:  Wade in the Water
This song is and African American Spiritual, and is great for a devotion time about baptism.  Have fun pretending to wade in the water together!


Activity:  Making Soap
I don’t know if it’s all kids, but mine hate washing their hands.  I thought making their own soap might be a good way to remind them of their baptism, while also making something useful that they can’t wait to use!

To make your own soap at home for the first time, I recommend purchasing a kit at a craft store.  If you do this, follow the directions included in the kit.

I regularly make soap, so I had the supplies on hand.  You will need blocks of plain glycerin soap, a few drops of a fragrance of your choice (we used lavender), and soap molds (we used shell molds).

Melt the glycerin in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time.  I let my kids stir the soap in between each 30 second time period.  When it is all melted, add a couple of drops of fragrance (don’t be too generous, or it will burn your nose!) and stir to combine.  Holding the measuring cup with the help of one of your kids, carefully pour the melted soap into your molds.  Allow to set up completely and have them help you to release the soap from the molds (it’s like getting ice out of an ice cube tray, but with a slightly more gentle touch).  Store soap in a cool, dry location until you are ready to use it.  Here is a picture of our finished product:

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Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for making us your sons and daughters in baptism.  Help us to remember that you love us and are happy with us.  In your name we pray, Amen.