Jesus’ Submission To The Father: Baptism

Early in the gospels we see John the Baptist doing his work of preaching and baptizing  and see that Jesus also comes to the Jordan for the purpose of being baptized.  John is at first reluctant but Jesus persists: “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).

Mark 1:4 tells us that John’s baptism was “a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”. We know however that Jesus had no sins to repent of or to be remitted!

What does it show about Jesus that He was determined to be baptized?

Reading through the baptism story – what else might have been involved in why Jesus was baptized?

What other events in Jesus life show His determination to submit to the will of the Father?



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4 Responses to Jesus’ Submission To The Father: Baptism

  1. Connie

    Jesus had no sins to confess. He came into this world to fulfill God’s plan; and to identify with the sinful He came to save. He took their sins on himself at Calvary.
    An obvious event showing willingness to submit to God’s will is the act of humility he desires of all of us when He washed the disciples feet. He desires all believers to be this humble.
    Why do you think only John recorded this act of feet washing and not Matthew, Mark & Luke?

    • Jimmy

      Thank you Connie. I’m not sure why John alone records the footwashing. John’s gospel is unique in many ways whereas Matthew Mark and Luke are much more similar to each other and sometimes different from John. They alone record the last supper meal/Institution of the Lord supper, and John does not record that.

      Anyone else have a thought?

  2. Connie

    Christ did all of this to give examples for all of us to emulate.

  3. Mary K

    Jesus’ determination to be baptized illustrates the importance of baptism to obedience. In a way it is a paradox. He had no sin, but had he refused to be baptized would He have remained sinless? His entire life on earth, including His willingness to come to earth to begin with, is evidence of his willingness to do what God wanted, as was His death on our behalf.

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