Baptism is often described as an outward sign of an inward change. It is a public testimony that you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Your baptism powerfully proclaims what God has done, and is doing, in your life. In addition, as a follower of Jesus, you are publicly saying that you join with Christians from around the world who are unified by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Yet, Jesus, who was fully God, and fully man and sinless, still asked to be baptized…
When Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John was bewildered, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” John recognized that Jesus, being sinless, did not need to be baptized for repentance. But Jesus insisted that he should be baptized because it was “proper… to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14-15).
Have you ever wondered why God intended for Jesus to be baptized? Let’s take a look together!
3 Reasons Jesus Needed to Be Baptized
- An initiation into Jesus’ public ministry. Shortly after his baptism, Jesus called his first disciples and he began to publicly teach, heal the sick, and perform miracles.
- A time for God the Father to announce his approval of his Son. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16–17). All three Persons of the Trinity— God the Father (in a voice from heaven), God the Son (Jesus in human flesh), and God the Holy Spirit (in the form of a dove)—were present at Jesus’ baptism.
- An act of obedience to God the Father. Jesus said it was “fitting” or “proper” that he be baptized. Jesus’ baptism is an example for his followers, then and now, to obey God’s command to be baptized. The Son of God submitted himself to the will of God the Father.
Did Jesus baptize anyone?
The Bible does not record an instance of Jesus baptizing someone, however, the Gospel of John tells us that during Jesus’ ministry on earth, his disciples baptized other followers of Jesus: “Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples” (4:1–2; also 3:22).
These snippets are from Rose’s Believer’s Baptism pamphlet. Get it TODAY!
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