Why was Jesus Baptized

  Why was Jesus Baptized

Why was Jesus Baptized?

People throughout history have asked, “Why was Jesus baptized?” John, the person who baptized Jesus, asked a similar question. “But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" (Matthew 3:14).

We learn that John had been baptizing others and that his baptism symbolized repentance. John knew that Jesus didn’t need to repent of sin. How did Jesus reply to John’s question? Matthew 3:15 reads, “Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.”

Jesus was identifying Himself with sinners. Later in His ministry, Jesus would die for sins. Being perfect and without sin, Jesus’ righteousness would be credited to the account of sinners.

Why was Jesus baptized? A Symbolism
In the culture of Jesus’ days, water baptism was a way for someone to convert to Judaism. It was a symbol of a convert. It is important to note that Jesus wasn’t converting to anything. He was identifying with His Father. He was announcing Himself as God’s Son and beginning His public ministry.

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