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The fulfillment of the Feast of our Lord's Birth (Christmas; Dec. 25) is the Feast of our Lord's Baptism in the Jordan River, also called Theophany, that is, "Appearance of God" (Jan. 6). The two great feasts form one theological whole as the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14) and was manifested to the world as the Son of God Savior, One of the Holy Trinity. At His Baptism the Son of God was in the water, the Father spoke from heaven: "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased!"; and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended and rested upon the Son (Matt. 3:13-17; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21-22). Revealed to the world, Christ Jesus thus began His public ministry calling all to repentance and journeyed to His Cross and Resurrection accomplishing the salvation of all mankind. Jesus describes His Crucifixion and Resurrection as His "baptism" (see Matt. 20:22) linking what happened in the Jordan to Golgotha. Jesus' Baptism becomes our Christian baptism, for "we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4).
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