The Baptism of Jesus – Part 3

The Baptism of Jesus – Conclusion

baptism of jesusJohn’s baptism of Jesus brought John’s ministry to an end and it began Jesus’ ministry… but it served one more purpose. It established a model for Jesus’ followers to repeat so we can identify with our Lord. Just as Jesus received water baptism to fulfill all righteousness, so are His followers called to do the same. As Jesus commanded at the end of Matthew, in a passage commonly called the Great Commission… Continue reading

The Baptism of Jesus – Part 2

The Baptism of Jesus – Part 2

baptism of jesusWhen John saw his godly cousin, Jesus, coming out to join that rogues’ gallery of repentant sinners, John was incredulous. John says, if one of us should be repenting to the other, it should be me repenting to you Jesus. John wasn’t calling Jesus the Messiah. He was simply saying I have more sin than you do, so I need you to baptize me. Of course John was both right and wrong. On the one hand, John was right that he had more sin than Jesus. In fact, John didn’t realize how right he was as John had infinitely more sin than Jesus because Jesus was perfect, sinless, God incarnate.

But John was also wrong to think that Jesus shouldn’t be baptized. Because Jesus wasn’t coming to receive a baptism of repentance. Jesus had no need to repent. He was coming to John to serve a different purpose. Jesus was obeying the command of His Father and ensuring that John would likewise obey his calling. Specifically, Jesus says this moment was fitting to fulfill all righteousness. The Greek word translated “fitting” literally means to be clearly seen. In other words, Jesus is saying “in doing this we will be displaying righteousness as we obey the Father.” Jesus didn’t need to be baptized for repentance, but He did need to receive John’s baptism to be obedient to the Father. And that meant it was required to fulfill all righteousness. But if the baptism of Jesus by John wasn’t a baptism for repentance, what specifically  did John’s ministry of announcing the coming Messiah accomplish?  Continue reading

The Baptism of Jesus – Part 1

The Baptism of Jesus…

baptism of jesusis a well-known passage in the gospels. However, there might be some confusion among some because of the different accounts in the Gospels of Jesus’ baptism. But a closer look and understanding of these accounts will clear up any misunderstanding about the events of Jesus’ Baptism. In this post we will break down and reconcile what may appear as discrepancies. Another question we might ask: why does Jesus need baptizing in the first place. He was the son of God, sinless without any need for repentance. We will also answer that question as we move through the baptism of Jesus. We will start in Luke 3:21 —

Luke 3:21-22 New King James Version (NKJV) **

John Baptizes Jesus

21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Continue reading