The Baptism of Jesus ( Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:29-34)
So, as a rule I won’t be copying large portions of scripture in my blog because I want you to get out your Bible if you’re concerned at all with following along. Plus, different translations have different perspectives, and I would love to hear from you guys.
So, basically, John the Baptist is being his outlandish self and baptizing people at the Jordan River and Jesus walks up and is like “Hey, you wanna baptize me too?”
John, however, knew a thing or two and was all weirded out that the Son of God was asking him to get baptized. He said “Whoa, you’re like, the Son of God, YOU should be baptizing ME.”
(I’m paraphrasing a little)
Jesus probably smiled (I totally picture Him giving John this knowing smile) and said “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
So John baptized Jesus and then Heaven opened on Him and God descended upon Him “like a dove”
(Whether that means His presence physically resembled a dove, or it had a calming, graceful vibe to it, I have no clue.)
And that’s the story of how Jesus got baptized.
Now, the question on many people’s minds is why did Jesus get baptized? Wasn’t He God, meaning he was already clean and sinless?
Because of the line “To fulfill righteousness” I’m inclined to believe that Jesus got baptized to keep with the cultural practice of being cleansed in order to get closer to righteousness, even though he was already righteous. He got baptized to fulfill the law.
By doing so the prophecy in Isaiah 42:1 came true.
He did what was pleasing to God before he started in his ministry.
Another question that popped up was why baptism was necessary, when we as modern Christians see it as being born again. My mom and I didn’t know if it was just symbolic, a social practice, or whether it was actually required by God, through the law.
If anyone has answers on this, I’m listening.
Our closest guess was that, since Jesus hadn’t died yet, it was a symbolic cleansing.. We drew this conclusion from the passage in Exodus 30:18-21.
So, there’s the Baptism installment. I would love to read your comments and discussion. Look forward to the next one on the Temptation of Jesus.