Jesus’ Baptism (Through the Gospels)
Before I go into today's' Mornings with God, I wanted to share that starting from this point and on I will go chronologically through the book of Matthew. I decided that it would for us to follow the words of Jesus through one book at a time. I will be writing on one main idea at a time through the words of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of Matthew. I hope these posts will continue to help you to get into God's Word and presence first thing in the morning. Blessings.
“Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” ^Matthew 3:15. (Click to read entire passage)
Jesus asks John the Baptist to baptize Him. John refuses and says, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:15). But Jesus says He needs to get baptized for it is fitting to fulfill all righteousness.
What does this mean? Jesus’ baptism symbolizes the sinner’s death. Jesus takes the place of sinners so that we can the place of the Righteous One. Though Jesus is sinless and unworthy of death, he goes under water as a symbolic representation of sinners. However, when He comes out the water it is a sign of new life that can only be found in God. By doing this, baptism is a symbolic fulfillment of righteousness.
Why is this so important? Jesus identified with sinners, so that sinners could identify with Him. By going under water He identified with the sinner’s death. But when He came out the water, we identify with the perfect and sinless life of Christ. An exchange. An exchange of death with life. An exchange of sin with righteousness. We inherit what Jesus deserves and Jesus takes what we deserve.
Why all of this? So that we can have a relationship with God. All of this was always about a relationship. From the Garden of Eden to the Cross, it was always about restoring our relationship. God passionately loves us and longs for us to have a relationship with Him.