Matthew 3

Jesus' Baptism, Part of His Epiphany

Jesus' Baptism, Part of His Epiphany

What we might not understand at first, however, is why Jesus wanted to be baptized.  He had no sins that needed to be washed away.  He had nothing to be repentant about.  John picked up on that right away: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  Jesus answered, “Let it be so now.”   He did it for us - for each of us!  No, he didn’t have to be baptized for the forgiveness of his sins.  But he was baptized anyway.  He stood in line with the others who were there. He wanted the world to know that he was willingly standing with sinners, in the place of sinners.