Matthew 3:13-15 talks about Jesus being baptized by John. I would have had the same reaction as John in this instance. Check out what it says here:
“Then Jesus left Galilee to come to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But when he waded into the water, John resisted him, saying, “Why are you doing this? I’m the one who needs to be baptized by you, and yet you come to be baptized by me?” Jesus replied, “It is only right to do all that God requires.” Then John baptized Jesus. And as Jesus rose up out of the water, the heavenly realm opened up over him and he saw the Holy Spirit descend out of the heavens and rest upon him in the form of a dove. Then suddenly the voice of the Father shouted from the sky, saying, “This is the Son I love, and my greatest delight is in him.”
Lots going on here but one footnote to verse 15 says this:
When Jesus says “It is only right that I do all that God requires.” another way to say this is “fulfill all righteousness or complete every righteous requirement. This was the presentation of the Lamb of God as the sacrifice for sins. It was important that John publicly wash the Lamb of God and fulfill the requirements of the law, proving to Israel that the Lamb that was soon to be offered was spotless and without blemish. There are four baptisms in this chapter: 1. John baptizing with water 2. Father God baptizing Jesus with the power of heaven 3. Jesus will baptize believers with the same Holy Spirit 4. The baptism of fire.
Jesus here was offering himself as God’s sinless Lamb. The sacrifice for the world.
I don’t think it can be overstated how important this baptism was. This ushered in the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and publicly put on display the spotless Lamb of God for all the world to see.
I find this so interesting. All of the different meanings here. This was just Jesus going down and getting dunked. Don’t get lost in the simplicity of this, the symbolism is magnificent. It’s beyond our comprehension sometimes. The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world was baptized in the Jordan river for all to see. This was a dedication. John dedicates the temple of Jesus’ body, the dwelling place of God. Jesus wasn’t repenting but offering himself as a sacrifice to all.
A sacrifice for you. For me. For all of us. This is where it began. Jesus didn’t have any sins to repent from but came to the Earth to die for the sins of the many.
This was not just a water baptism, this was a proclamation. Jesus was saying I am here for you. I love you and will sacrifice myself for you.