Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)

In Matthew 3:13-17, we read about the baptism of Jesus.  When Jesus went to John to be baptized, John was reluctant.  John the Baptist felt unworthy of such a task and said he should be the one getting baptized.

Jesus told John, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”  (ESV)

John agreed and baptized Jesus.  As Jesus was coming out of the water, “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.'” (ESV)

Baptism is a sign of repentance and a desire to follow God.  Why would Jesus, the perfect and sinless Son of God, need to be baptized?

Jesus gives us the answer to that question, “to fulfill all righteousness.”  Jesus was willing to obey all of God’s commands and to live the perfect life that we could never live.


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