Luke 12:50
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New International Version
But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!

New Living Translation
I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.

English Standard Version
I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!

Berean Study Bible
But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

Berean Literal Bible
But I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and how I am distressed until it should be accomplished!

New American Standard Bible
"But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

King James Bible
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how it consumes Me until it is finished!

International Standard Version
I have a baptism to be baptized with, and what stress I am under until it's completed!

NET Bible
I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is finished!

New Heart English Bible
But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and I am much afflicted until it is fulfilled.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have a baptism to go through, and I will suffer until it is over.

New American Standard 1977
“But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how I am anguished until it is accomplished!

King James 2000 Bible
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I constrained till it be accomplished!

American King James Version
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

American Standard Version
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have a baptism wherewith I am to be baptized: and how am I straitened until it be accomplished?

Darby Bible Translation
But I have a baptism to be baptised with, and how am I straitened until it shall have been accomplished!

English Revised Version
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

Webster's Bible Translation
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it shall be accomplished!

Weymouth New Testament
But I have a baptism to undergo; and how am I pent up till it is accomplished!

World English Bible
But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

Young's Literal Translation
but I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I pressed till it may be completed!
Study Bible
Not Peace, But Division
49I have come to ignite a fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Mark 10:38
"You do not know what you are asking," Jesus replied. "Can you drink the cup I will drink, or be baptized with the baptism I will undergo?"

Luke 12:49
I have come to ignite a fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
Treasury of Scripture

But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

I have.

Matthew 20:17-22 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in …

Mark 10:32-38 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before …

and.

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

John 7:6-8,10 Then Jesus said to them, My time is not yet come: but your time is …

John 10:39-41 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand…

John 12:27,28 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from …

John 18:11 Then said Jesus to Peter, Put up your sword into the sheath: the …

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: …

Acts 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing …

straitened. or, pained.

(50) I have a baptism to be baptized with.--Here we have a point of contact with the words spoken to the sons of Zebedee. (See Notes on Matthew 20:22, and Mark 10:38.) The baptism of which the Lord now speaks is that of one who is come into deep waters, so that the floods pass over him, over whose head have passed and are passing the waves and billows of many and great sorrows. Yet here, too, the Son of Man does not shrink or draw back. What He felt most keenly, in His human nature, was the pain, the constraint of expectation. He was, in that perfect humanity of His, harassed and oppressed, as other sufferers have been, by the thought of what was coming, more than by the actual suffering when it came.

Verse 50. - But I have a baptism to he baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! The baptism he here speaks of was the baptism of pain and suffering and death - what we call the Passion of the Lord. He knew it must all be gone through, to bring about the blessed result for which he left his home in heaven; but he looked on to it, nevertheless, with terror and shrinking. "He is under pressure," says Godet, "to enter into this suffering because he is in haste to get out of it, mournfully impatient to have done with a painful task." This passage of the discourse of Jesus here has been called "a prelude of Gethsemane." But I have a baptism to be baptized with,.... Not water baptism, for he had been baptized with that already; nor the baptism of the Spirit, which he had also received without measure; though the Ethiopic version reads it actively, "with which I shall baptize", referring doubtless to that; but the baptism of his sufferings is meant, which are compared to a baptism, because of the largeness and abundance of them; he was as it were immersed, or plunged into them; and which almost all interpreters observe on the text, and by which they confess the true import and primary signification of the word used; as in baptism, performed by immersion, the person is plunged into water, is covered with it, and continues awhile under it, and then is raised out of it, and which being once done, is done no more; so the sufferings of Christ were so many and large, that he was as it were covered with them, and he continued under them for a time, and under the power of death and the grave, when being raised from thence, he dies no more, death hath no more dominion over him. This baptism he "had", there was a necessity of his being baptized with it, on his Father's account; it was his will, his decree, and the command he enjoined him as Mediator; it was the portion he allotted him, and the cup he gave unto him: and on his own part, he obliged himself unto it, in the counsel and covenant of peace; for this purpose he came into this world, and had substituted himself in the room and stead of his people; and it was necessary on their part, for their sins could not be atoned for without sufferings, nor without the sufferings of Christ; moreover, the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament concerning them, made them necessary:

and how am I straitened until it be accomplished: these words express both the trouble and distress Christ was in, at the apprehension of his sufferings as man; which were like to the distress of persons, closely besieged by an enemy; or rather of a woman, whose time of travail draws nigh, when she dreads it, and yet longs to have it over: and likewise they signify, his restless desire to have them accomplished; not that he desired that Judas should betray him, or the Jews crucify him, as these were sins of theirs; nor merely his sufferings as such; but that thereby the justice of God might be satisfied, the law might be fulfilled, and the salvation of his people be obtained: and this eager desire of his, he had shown in various instances, and did show afterwards; as in his ready compliance with his Father's proposal in eternity; in his frequent appearances in human form before his incarnation; in sending one message after another, to give notice of his coming; in his willingness to be about his Father's business, as soon as possible; in rebuking Peter, when he would have dissuaded him from all thoughts of suffering: in going to Jerusalem on his own accord, in order to suffer there; in his earnest wish to eat the last passover with his disciples; in the joy that possessed him, when Judas was gone out, in order to betray him; in stopping in the midst of his sermon, lest he should overrun, or outslip the time of meeting him in the garden, John 14:30 in his going thither, and willingly surrendering himself up into the hands of his enemies; and in cheerfully laying down his life: all which arose from the entire love he had for the persons he died for; and because it was his Father's will, and his glory was concerned herein, and his own glory also was advanced thereby; moreover, his death was the life of others, and the work required haste. 50. But … a baptism, etc.—clearly, His own bloody baptism, first to take place.

how … straitened—not, "how do I long for its accomplishment," as many understand it, thus making it but a repetition of Lu 12:49; but "what a pressure of spirit is upon Me."

till it be accomplished—till it be over. Before a promiscuous audience, such obscure language was fit on a theme like this; but oh, what surges of mysterious emotion in the view of what was now so near at hand does it reveal!12:41-53 All are to take to themselves what Christ says in his word, and to inquire concerning it. No one is left so ignorant as not to know many things to be wrong which he does, and many things to be right which he neglects; therefore all are without excuse in their sin. The bringing in the gospel dispensation would occasion desolations. Not that this would be the tendency of Christ's religion, which is pure, peaceable, and loving; but the effect of its being contrary to men's pride and lusts. There was to be a wide publication of the gospel. But before that took place, Christ had a baptism to be baptized with, far different from that of water and the Holy Spirit. He must endure sufferings and death. It agreed not with his plan to preach the gospel more widely, till this baptism was completed. We should be zealous in making known the truth, for though divisions will be stirred up, and a man's own household may be his foes, yet sinners will be converted, and God will be glorified.
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