The Baptism of Jesus

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.” Matthew 3:13 NKJV

Why did Jesus get baptized? That is a question I have often thought about. Even though I have often thought about it, I really have not done a study of it or even preached a message on this topic.

As a practice, I have always read Matthew 3:13-17 before every baptism I have ever done. It tells the story of the baptism of Jesus. Here is the passage in the NLT:

Mat 3:13-17 NLT] 13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to me?" 15 But Jesus said, "It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires." So John agreed to baptize him. 16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy."

John had been preaching a “baptism of repentance” to show that the people were preparing their hearts to receive the coming Messiah. Jesus is thirty years old and is at the beginning point of His ministry.

When Jesus came to John to be baptized, John protested and tried to prevent Jesus from being baptized. There was no need for Jesus to repent. At this point, Jesus tells John why He was being baptized in vs 15: “it should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.”

Jesus is baptized to set the example and set the pattern for all future believers and followers. We follow His example and pattern when we are baptized after we put our faith and trust in Him. We are not baptized first and then follow Jesus, we believe first and then follow Him in baptism.

The baptism of Jesus shows what He came to earth to do for us. He came to die, be buried, and then rise again for us. Baptism is a symbolic act that depicts that. We when are baptized, it shows that we too have died to self, are buried, and rise again to a new life in Christ.

If you trusted in Christ, but have not been baptized yet as a believer, I want to encourage you to follow the example and pattern of Jesus.

I love you and it is a privilege to be your pastor.


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