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Sunday, 19 February 2017 15:03

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, `I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, `Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented…” (Matthew 3:13-15, the Holy Bible).

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IF JESUS IS GOD, WHY DID HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED BY JOHN? The account of the baptism of Jesus found in Matthew 3:13-17 of the Bible narrates how He was baptized by John, the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth and who would later come to be known as John the Baptist. The question is, why was there a need to baptize Jesus if He was the God who created the heavens and the earth?

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CHRISTIAN LAWMAKER OFFERS HELP TO CHURCH SCHOOLS: The well-attended meeting of Christian educators and teachers from the Visayas region which was held on February 17, 2017 at the Gospel Baptist Church in Mandalagan, Bacolod City showed the educators and teachers in high spirits and good morale, raring to face off with the Department of Education (DepEd) which had been maneuvering during the last several years to close all Christian schools.

Led by Bishop Felix Salegon Jr. of Davao City who is the president and chief executive officer of the educators’ and teachers’ group known as the United Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines (ASCEP), their fight to compel the government through the DepEd to allow them to continue operating some 500 or so Christian church schools nationwide got a big boost from Bacolod City Rep. Greg Gasataya, himself a product of a Christian church school.

Appearing as one of the inspirational speakers during the ASCEP meeting which was dubbed as the “Visayas Regions United ASCEP Conference”, Rep. Gasataya said he is willing to help the cause of the Christian church schools which, he said, undoubtedly contribute to the formation of a righteous and morally upright Filipino children and, later on, spiritually-directed citizens.

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BACOLOD CITY SUPPORTS CHURCH SCHOOLS’ FIGHT: Gasataya disclosed that as a young child, he grew up being educated by Christian teachers and pastors at the Maranatha Christian School in Bacolod City. His parents, who are now both deceased, were Church workers who spent most of their time doing Church work, and were also instrumental in shaping him as a kid heavily tutored on Biblical truths.

On the other hand, the representative of Bacolod City Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia told ASCEP members and officers that the city chief executive and the city itself are in full support of the fight to allow Christian church schools to continue in operation. Mayor Leonardia and the city recognize the importance of instilling Biblical principles in the minds of the people as a necessary step towards success and prosperity.

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BAPTISM OF JESUS: AN EXAMPLE THAT ALL MUST FOLLOW: In Matthew 3:13-17, we are told that as John was baptizing at the Jordan River, Jesus came to be baptized, too. John tried to refuse, saying that it was him who needed to be baptized by Jesus, but Jesus insisted on being baptized by John. Jesus said His baptism by John was necessary “to fulfill all righteousness”.

The question now presents itself for resolution: if Jesus was God and Savior, and is Himself God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, why was there a need for Him to be baptized by John, a mere human being? The answer could be that, Jesus was setting an example for all mankind to follow or imitate—that is, in the case of baptism, that everyone had to be baptized as baptism “fulfills all righteousness”.

And this is the same thing that can be said of all the things that Jesus did and said while He was here on earth—He did them and declared them, not because He was a mere man, but so that a sinful human being would have something to say and do if he or she wanted to become “righteous” in the eyes of God, and thereby attain power while he or she is still on earth, and salvation on the day of great tribulation and in eternal life.

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