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The Baptism of Jesus
"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!" - John 1:29b (ESV)
About this creation
My first big MOC in a long time, it is definitely my favorite. I have been wanting to do a full scale diorama of this scene for a long time, but just recently got the chance to build it the full detail that I wanted.

This 32x64, two-baseplate-long bignette portrays the event of Jesus’s Baptism in the Jordan River. My camera was acting up and wouldn’t give me a constant light setting, so excuse the quality of some of the photos.

The Baptism of Jesus is told in all four gospels, (Matthew 3, Mark 1, John 1, and John 1) because it was the first major even of Jesus’ ministry. John the Baptist, who was the prophesied “Elijah”, prepared the way for the Lord by baptizing and calling people to repentance, and to get ready for the day when the Messiah would come. Then, when he finally baptized Jesus, both John and God called him out as the Messiah, starting Jesus’s earthly ministry.

Enjoy!


The right side of the bignette, and the multitudes coming to hear John speak. The River technique I came up with while trying to experiment with the right variation in landscape height.


The left side, the rocky hills, and the Roman road the winds through them. A Roman unit marches along, observing the scene.


John and Jesus in the river. My new technique allowed me to stand them in the river and have them “submerged” in the water.


The green valley on the other side of the river. Three zealots hide in the foliage on the left – and element inspired by the Jesus Movie. The rock-work was time consuming, but worth it.


The villagers, come to hear John.


The backside – it turned out so nicely, and looks very professional. By far my best job on the normally ‘not-pretty’ side.


More rockwork, more Romans…

Now for the story
Matthew 3


In those days, John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”…Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair, and a leather belt around his waist.


Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.


Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.


John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered, let it be so, for it is necessary for us to fulfill all righteousness.


Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold…


…the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said:


“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.



Now for the LEGO side of things, the zealots, watching John the Baptist from the underbrush.


The Roman squad, namely Horatius (the cavalryman), Sextus (the infantry), and Octavianus (the legionary), watch from the hills. This detail added some historic twist to the other side of the vignette.


The hills, and another look at the road, and the rockwork.


Farmers came from their fields to hear John…


People from all over felt the call to repent…(sorry for the poor picture)


Persians. This little detail added some variation, and allowed me to show off my new Pirates of the Caribbean heads.


A Pharisee and his wife. The Pharisees were rebuked by John in Matthew 3:7-12 for not repenting preparation for the advent of the Messiah.


The other villagers, a peasant boy and his mother.


The diorama, without minifigs. The details to note are the tree, the cobblestone path, and the river.


The farmers.


Our Roman trio.


The lone wanderer and our three zealots. Don’t you love those new fleshie faces?


The Pharisee couple.


A fisherman and his slave - part of the crowd.


Our Persians.


The three center figures in the group of villagers, they are ready to repent from their sins and answer John’s call.


The rest of the villagers, and some more new fleshie faces. Plus those new bucket pieces.


John the Baptist. By far my favorite fig, plus my camera decided to work for this single picture.


My Jesus fig.


And the artistic shot, of the splitting sky.

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. – Matthew 3:17b (ESV)

Soli Deo Gloria!
~Christopher



Comments

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  December 3, 2013
Absolutely brilliant photography and build. Wow! I don't think anyone could have done this better!
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  November 2, 2013
This thing's so close to 100, let's get it there! Incredible job! I love the cobblestone road especially, but each element here is great and flows so seamlessly: the crowded shore, the river, and finally the elevated rocky portion. As usual, your purist figs are excellent, and the edited photo is spot-on! Great story, too :) Hope to see more from you in the near future!
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  August 6, 2013
Amazing! I like your river technique.
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  April 25, 2013
Fantastic job!
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  June 6, 2012
Great job on the landscaping. Your rock work looks amazing. The water might look better without the 1x2s though.
Christopher Baldacci
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White Knight
  May 15, 2012
So Impressive !>.....well done
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  May 10, 2012
Great work! Love the artistic shot! -LB Senior
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  May 9, 2012
This is great! I loved seeing this at your house. The river is amazing, and I love the rock work too. (I wish I had that many dark bluish grey pieces. :D) The minifigures are superb, and the moc, is great, to say the least. YOU HAVE SO MANY PLANT PIECES! Almost ALL my favorite builders have a TON of plant, tree pieces! Well, All in All, great moc, and see you soon! (I hope) :D
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  May 7, 2012
This is amazing:) Thanks for adding me as a favorite.
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  February 13, 2012
wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow!!!!! I AM STUNNED.....WOW!
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  February 12, 2012
This is amazing:) Keep up the fantastic work!
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  February 12, 2012
Wow You really overdone yourself, BTW It looks exactly how I have it always in mind
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  February 11, 2012
Quoting Commander Cody 2224 Thank you, what is brickforge's url?
www.brickforge.com
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  February 11, 2012
Thank you, what is brickforge's url?
Christopher Baldacci
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The Texan Bionicle Builder
  February 10, 2012
Very Cool Man! Great Job!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Nick Pascale ...and I too am "WELL PLEASED" to see this MOC! It's wonderful to see LEGO being used across culture! It elevates it, the builder and the viewer!
Amen! So far, 822 people have seen the truth of Christ and the Gospel Message. Soli Deo Gloria!
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  February 10, 2012
...and I too am "WELL PLEASED" to see this MOC! It's wonderful to see LEGO being used across culture! It elevates it, the builder and the viewer!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Commander Cody 2224 Great Job! I don't recognize the roman swords though, what are they from?
They are both Roman Gladii from Brickforge. If you want to look them up, the singular is "Gladius". They are about $.75-$1 I think.
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Fantastic work! I love the whole scene, the transition between the different areas flows really well and I love the loose water technique. That pic of the heavens opening looks wonderful. Some of the photos are a bit over exposed but it kind of adds to the event. There are also a few spelling errors in the script, maybe read through and edit so there's nothing to pick on with this beautiful iconic creation.
Thanks for the comment! I was hoping someone would comment on the pictures. I couldn't tell if they were overexposed in some of the shots, so thanks for the feedback. Some of the pics I over exposed on purpose, specifically the ones around the heavens being split. But others were accidental. I have never photographed anything this big so it was a giant photography experiment just to get it posted on MOCpages. Now I have an idea of what to fix next time. Thanks for your comment!
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  February 10, 2012
Great Job! I don't recognize the roman swords though, what are they from?
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  February 10, 2012
Fantastic work! I love the whole scene, the transition between the different areas flows really well and I love the loose water technique. That pic of the heavens opening looks wonderful. Some of the photos are a bit over exposed but it kind of adds to the event. There are also a few spelling errors in the script, maybe read through and edit so there's nothing to pick on with this beautiful iconic creation.
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  February 9, 2012
Quoting Alexander Garcia This is a very good moc and with some history to. The only thing I have to point out is why is Jesus so ripped lol.
1st reason Jesus is ripped is it's the only fleshie bare torso LEGO makes. Secondly people in those days did a lot of physical labor - everyone was buff. Third of all...well...it looks cool. :D
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  February 9, 2012
I love seeing more and more Christian MOCs. Especially when they are built this good!
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  February 9, 2012
This is a very good moc and with some history to. The only thing I have to point out is why is Jesus so ripped lol.
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  February 9, 2012
Very detailed. I wanted to sing "We 3 Kings" when I saw it!
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  February 9, 2012
Having seen this in person and on Mocpages, finally, now that my technical problems have been solved, I can comment on this completely amazing totally awesome baptism of Jesus! This is definitely by far your best moc ever!!!!! As always your figs are perfect and the rock work is amazing. John and Jesus are absolutely stunning and the lighting effects are just incredible!!!!! Congrats on getting on the explorer page. This definitely deserves moc of the day at least!!!! Great Job through and through!!!!
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  February 9, 2012
Quoting Ian Spacek This is on the explore page! Do I sense Across MOCpages in your near future? We'll see!
Hoping so! :D
  February 9, 2012
This is on the explore page! Do I sense Across MOCpages in your near future? We'll see!
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  February 9, 2012
Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice I love it! I am going to upload a Jesus minifig soon, so if you want when you have the time, maybe you look at it if you want.
Sure thing.
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  February 9, 2012
Very nice way to put it in LEGO.
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  February 9, 2012
I love it! I am going to upload a Jesus minifig soon, so if you want when you have the time, maybe you can look at it if you want.
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  February 9, 2012
I love it! I am going to upload a Jesus minifig soon, so if you want when you have the time, maybe you look at it if you want.
Christopher Baldacci
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August .
  February 8, 2012
I'm so sorry for the absence of not commenting. Forgive me for that. This is incredible Chris. I love the water, everything is perfect! Excellent rockwork! Wonderful work mate. =)
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  February 8, 2012
I'm really liking the side with the Romans! Great job!
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  February 7, 2012
love it, glory to god in the highest!!
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  February 6, 2012
Quoting Raymond Hanus I am hardly ever completely blown away by a moc but this rarest of times I am. This is no doubt the best moc I have seen on this site (and I have seen some great ones) VERY WELL DONE CHRISTOPHER!!!!!
Thanks! That is an amazing compliment. I feel honored.
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  February 6, 2012
Quoting Paul Romano Chris, you've completely out-done yourself. This is, without a doubt, the best LEGO Biblical MOC that I have ever seen. Job well done!
Wow; thanks alot!
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  February 6, 2012
Extraordinary! 50th like!
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  February 6, 2012
Chris, you've completely out-done yourself. This is, without a doubt, the best LEGO Biblical MOC that I have ever seen. Job well done!
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  February 6, 2012
AWESOME! I really love your work on landscaping I really like the figs! Great water technique!
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  February 5, 2012
I am hardly ever completely blown away by a moc but this rarest of times I am. This is no doubt the best moc I have seen on this site (and I have seen some great ones) VERY WELL DONE CHRISTOPHER!!!!!
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  February 5, 2012
Amazing! the water is really cool!!! Also God Bless you Chris!
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  February 5, 2012
Quoting Ian Spacek Haha, no worries! I actually didn't originally plan on building "Walking on Water" for the contest either. But then I reread the rules and voila! One entry PER Testament! Don't you just love it when things like that happen!? As for your build here, very impressive! I actually think your head choice for Jesus is great and your John the Baptist fig is superb! It seems these Biblical MOCs have a knack for being loaded with circular 1x1 trans pieces! Great job!
Ha! Its amazing how many of those you can have, and how many you can still NOT have, if you know what I mean. Those pieces are awesome, but so hard to get in bulk!
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  February 5, 2012
Quoting J Man Wow the work you have done here is breathtaking- I think the Lord himself would be very happy if he saw this Moc. Just beautiful 5/5
Wow! Thanks alot!
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  February 5, 2012
Quoting Sheldon Jagmin wow my bible is esv even my pastors bible is esv cool vig i like the pirates head i am a fan of pirates of the Caribbean i like the Jordon river
Gotta love the ESV. :D
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  February 5, 2012
Quoting JS Can Excellent work! Is this for the Bible MOC contest that is going on?
It was not originally, but I ended up entering it.
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  February 5, 2012
Thanks so much everybody!
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  February 5, 2012
NICE!!!!! I love the figs, the river, and the vegetation. The beard really worked well on John. You shouldn't have a problem winning this contest. Great work!
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  February 5, 2012
You've outdone yourself once again, Chris! Great work, and I think you've got the winning entry!
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  February 5, 2012
wow my bible is esv even my pastors bible is esv cool vig i like the pirates head i am a fan of pirates of the Caribbean i like the Jordon river
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  February 5, 2012
Wow! just... wow. The landscape is supercalifragilisticexpialidoshus, mate. Definitely one of your best mocs. I love how you made the rock path cracked, and the river technique is one I haven't seen before. Good luck in the contest!
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  February 5, 2012
Wonderful water and rockwork! The figs are fantastic.
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  February 5, 2012
Nicely done. The river looks great.
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  February 5, 2012
amazing landscape the technic is aswome keep it up
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  February 5, 2012
Very very well done my friend, all the pieces are in the right place!
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  February 5, 2012
Amazing landscape! You put all your building skills in this! The minifigures are very realistic, too!!
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  February 5, 2012
Excellent work! Is this for the Bible MOC contest that is going on?
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  February 5, 2012
Very good MOC! The minifigures are great! Keep up the good work!
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  February 5, 2012
Wow, fantastic job! Excellent representation of the scene, and a very high quality build, too.
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  February 5, 2012
Wow the work you have done here is breathtaking- I think the Lord himself would be very happy if he saw this Moc. Just beautiful 5/5
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  February 5, 2012
This is Fantastic! Very good indeed!
Christopher Baldacci
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Trevor Williamson
  February 4, 2012
Impressive... I'm jealous of your blue clear 1x1 studs and plants...
Christopher Baldacci
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Admiral Varkov
  February 4, 2012
Excellent job down to the last detail! It's always good to see Biblical scenes represented so nicely!
Christopher Baldacci
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Aidan Moon
  February 4, 2012
Great!
Christopher Baldacci
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Ben Jones
  February 4, 2012
Man, I just love these kind of MOCs. Great job!
Christopher Baldacci
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Ben Jones
  February 4, 2012
Man, I just love these kind of MOCs. Great job!
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  February 4, 2012
Excellent representation! The landscaping is flawless.
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  February 4, 2012
Quoting Blake Baer Right mate, having sufficiently proven yourself to be a great builder, and an even better Christian, you have deserved a long overdue spot on my Favs list. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me. Grace and Peace.
:0 - I'm honored. Thanks, mate! Soli Deo Gloria!
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  February 4, 2012
Right mate, having sufficiently proven yourself to be a great builder, and an even better Christian, you have deserved a long overdue spot on my Favs list. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me. Grace and Peace.
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  February 4, 2012
fantastic scene! great job with minifigs and the water!
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  February 4, 2012
Haha, no worries! I actually didn't originally plan on building "Walking on Water" for the contest either. But then I reread the rules and voila! One entry PER Testament! Don't you just love it when things like that happen!? As for your build here, very impressive! I actually think your head choice for Jesus is great and your John the Baptist fig is superb! It seems these Biblical MOCs have a knack for being loaded with circular 1x1 trans pieces! Great job!
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  February 4, 2012
Great work, as always. I love the water and the rocks and I am very jealous of you light-flesh head collection.
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  February 4, 2012
Quoting Ian Spacek Excellent Christopher! My hopes for winning just got crushed though...that's a lot of pieces.
Heh! I didn't actually build this for the contest. But as I was working on the photogrophy I got invited to the contest. That's why I asked about the size limit. I still love your "Walking on Water". I am wishing I had used that Norrington face for this MOC. :D Thanks for the comment!
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  February 4, 2012
WOW... this would be great to place in a church's display cabinet! I like your John! :)
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  February 4, 2012
Excellent Christopher! My hopes for winning just got crushed though...that's a lot of pieces.
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  February 4, 2012
Wow! The best depiction of this scene in LEGO ever! The water technique is very crafty and looks great! The landscaping overall is fantastic (especially those rocks)! The figs look good too! A very cool way to show off all those fleshy faces. Very well done ;)
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  February 4, 2012
This is great, teaching about jesus through LEGOs!
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  February 4, 2012
=)
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  February 4, 2012
Very Cool!! I applaud you for showing your faith to others like that. Well done.
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  February 4, 2012
That's truly a superb water technique, very realistic!
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  February 4, 2012
John the Baptist's fig is awesome. I love every bit of the landscaping too. The tree is wonderful and the water is nice, though it looks to be flowing a bit fast. Still, it's a nice effect. Altogether, this is an excellent MOC!
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  February 4, 2012
Loving those shots with the photo-shopped light. Incredibly effective! This does far better justice to the beauty of this moment than what my MO:R3 entry did. Absolutely superb Mate! God Bless. ~Thoy
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  February 4, 2012
Very very very coooool!!!!!
 
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