So, why did Jesus ask to be baptized?

Q: Why did Jesus have to undergo baptism? If he was already without sin, why did he want to be baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River? A: This question was put to me by a member of our city, but it is ... Full Story
DCDenizen

Gilbert, AZ

#1 Aug 6, 2008
Took a long time to find this excellent answer, but was worth the trouble...thanks!
juliart

Wildomar, CA

#2 Aug 6, 2008
I don't think Jesus' statement about baptism is cryptic at all. He simply states it is an act of righteousness and His overall message is "follow me". It's our example. Besides it's not only why He chooses to be baptized, but when. Jesus had just come out of the wilderness and was ready to begin his public ministry. Also, your question "If he was already without sin, why did he want to be baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River? " implies that baptism cleanses us from sin. It does not. It is an outward expression of an inward rebirth. No physical act can cleanse us from sin. Only Jesus can forgive sin. Ask Him.

“a disinherited son of cain”

Since: Apr 08

NoVa

#3 Aug 6, 2008
Mikveh!!!!!

Its a pretty normal thing that most religious Jews do.
JimHoover

West Blocton, AL

#4 Oct 23, 2008
Can i suggest that because baptism in the jewish culture was to allow gentiles to join in judiasim and it was necessary to live among the isrealites. that i believe he underwent baptism so that he could graft gentiles into the isrealite inheritance.
abc

Redlands, CA

#5 Mar 1, 2009
Actually, he had to join the party to get in on the free lunch.
Maverick

Houston, TX

#6 Mar 1, 2009
Of course Jesus the Jew would want to get baptized.

Check out the word mikvah
steven

Chandigarh, India

#7 Apr 24, 2009
Baptized, it is sing being God family member.
Liz

Carrollton, TX

#8 Jul 8, 2009
Jesus was baptized because he was beginning his priestly ministerial duties. His water baptism was an act of ceremonial righteousness according to the laws for consecration unto priesthood because Levitical law required all who were born into the priesthood to be consecrated when they “began to be about 30 yrs. old.”(Num. 4:5, Luke 3:23). Jesus’ baptism indicated his initiation into his ministry. He was then anointed, fulfilling the 2nd step, by the “oil” of the Holy Spirit in the form of a descending dove which indicated his being set apart for a specific task, that of Redeeming Priest and Savior. This fulfilled the 1st and 2nd steps in consecration to the priesthood (washing and then anointing). The 3rd and 4th steps, blood for atoning for sin, followed by another anointing with oil were unnecessary since he was sinless.
darkstar9873416

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Jul 28, 2009
Nick Shelton

Clarksburg, WV

#11 Feb 22, 2010
thanks for the help

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#12 Feb 22, 2010
If there are no sinners we need no church to uphold the invisible but omnipresent.
If there are so many churches we need no sinners..
So simple is the way of commercial congregation of compassionate consume oriented cultural world.
Maverick

Fort Worth, TX

#13 Feb 22, 2010
To the Christians: learn what a mikvah is.
god

Hot Springs, MT

#14 Feb 24, 2010
Maverick wrote:
To the Christians: learn what a mikvah is.
im the wrong sex for a mick
god

Hot Springs, MT

#15 Feb 24, 2010
for c'ns jc was the great wayshower

to see how im coming spiritually i measure myself against him

but i dont grit my teeth to force myself to do what i think hed do

i follow my heart for were judged by our hearts
mario

Cape Town, South Africa

#16 Feb 25, 2013
I have been asking the Lord "What is God's Salvation Plan for our Gerneration" , the Lord showed me that BAPTISM is very important which every preacher leaves out not knowing it’s full meaning :
Genises 1, when the earth was formed it was related to a baptism.
NOAH’S GENERATION SAVED THROUGH BAPTISM
1 Peter 3:21 we see through Noah's righteousness (God declared Noah righteous through his faith in him) his family was saved through BAPTISM, Noah’s and the flood referred as a baptism which now saves.
MOSE’S GENERATION “ ISREALITES SAVED THROUGH BAPTISM “
1 Corinthians 10: 1-6 we see through Moses righteousness (God declared Moses righteous through his faith in him) the Isrealities were saved through BAPTISM as they were baptised into Moses through the red sea as a baptism.
ABRAHAM’S GENERATION “ ISREALITES SAVED THROUGH CIRCMCISSION RELATED TO BAPTISM “
Romans 4:9–1"FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."2 we see through Abraham righteousness (God declared that he was righteous though his faith in him) the Jews though circumcission Abraham convenant with God.
O U R GENERATION “ JESUS BAPTISM AND THE CROSS“
Mathew 3:15 REASON FOR JESUS BAPTISM was “ to fulfill all righteousness”, we were all baptised into Jesus, everyone from Adam and Eve till the last person born before his return will be saved if we just have FAITH that Jesus has done everything for our salvation. By Jesus taking our sin had to die as wages of sin is death. JESUS HAD TO COMMIT THE OFFENCE BEFORE BEING PUNISHED BY DEATH (THE CROSS) DIED AND SHED HIS BLOOD. Do not forget John the Baptist called Jesus the lamb of God who takes the sins of the world a few times at his baptism.
JESUS HAD TO HAVE TAKEN ON OUR SIN BEFORE THE CROSS. HE HAD TO HAVE TAKEN ON SIN AT HIS BAPTISM (Baptism has continually been shown thoughout the Bible) here we must understand that John the Baptist, the high priest as Jesus said he was the greatest person that ever lived in the old testament. AS ALL NEW TESTIMENT ESPECIALLY HEBREWS 7-11 CLEARLY SHOW WHAT JESUS WAS TO FILFULL EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE TABANACLE.
1 John 5;6-12,------ who came by the water and the blood(and the Spirit testifies) when Jesus come out of the water and the Spirit descended upon Jesus). His BAPTISM AND THE CROSS.
Colossians 2:12 explicitly defined baptism as an act done through faith: "... having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God." In baptism you were raised up with Christ through faith—your own faith,.
1 Peter 3:21 The apostle Peter, in his first letter, defined baptism this way, "... not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
Baptism is "an appeal to God for a good conscience." It is an outward act and expression of inner confession and prayer to God for cleansing, that the one being baptized does, not his parents.
TO END GODS WORD IS SO WONDERFULL.SALVATION FOR OUR GENERATION 2012
Once we believe by FAITH that are born again ACCCORDING TO SCRIPTURE from above according to the word of God (through his baptism and the cross) we receive the Holy Spirit and become his children. WE ARE SAVED THROUGH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOTHING THAT WE COULD OR CAN DO, FOR HE DIED FOR US WHEN WE WERE STILL SINNERS.
WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH, PLEASE GET TO KNOW THE REAL MEANING OF TRUE FAITH, AS SOME FAITH OR WRONG FAITH WILL NOT GET YOU SAVED.
WE WERE IMPUTED SIN BY ADAM AND EVE, NOW JESUS CHRIST HAS IMPUTED HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT WE ARE CLEARED ONCE AND FOR ALL FROM SIN, WE WERE SINNERS NOW WE ARE BORN AGAIN IN THE SPIRIT, AND THEREFORE WE ARE NOT SINNERS ANY MORE, JESUS TOOK OUR PASSED, PRESENT AND FUTURE SINS ONCE AND FOR ALL.
PS HE IS NOT COMING BACK FOR SIN AS HE HAS DEALT WITH IT ONCE , HE IS COMING BACK FOR HIS BRIDE

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#17 Feb 27, 2013
Jesus was not sinless, he was a false prophet who led a lot of Jews astray he was also a sorcerer which he learned during his time in Egypt. "But draw near hither ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. Are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree...."According to Jewish law, Jesus should've been stoned to death. Not to mention the fact that he made himself equal to God. Jesus is called the second Adam or seed of Adam, the Messiah is the seed of Eve. Gen. 3:15

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