The Lamb of God Went Forth and Was Baptized – 1 Nephi 11:26-27

26 And the angel said unto me again: Look and behold the condescension of God!
27 And I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, of whom my father had spoken; and I also beheld the prophet who should prepare the way before him. And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove.

Approximately 600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, an angel appeared to the prophet Nephi and  showed him several scenes from the life of the Savior. The angel described both of the first scenes–the Savior’s birth and His baptism–with the following words: “the condescension of God.”
This week, I’m studying the ordinance of baptism. My goal is to better understand the reasons for the commandment to be baptized and the covenant we make with God when we choose to be baptized.
Today, I’m thinking about the inherent humility of the action. In addition to the symbolism of being washed clean from our sins and of death and resurrection, there is the simple submissiveness inherent in allowing another person to completely immerse us in water. It is an act of trust and of humility. In order to participate in this ordinance, we must set aside our pride and allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
I’m grateful for the Savior’s example of humility and submissiveness, which is manifest in his willingness to be baptized. Today, I will remember and seek to renew the spirit of humility which disciples of Christ feel as they willingly participate in the ordinance of baptism.

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