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?