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Q:

If Jesus was without sin, then why was He baptized by John the Baptist? I thought baptism was a sign of repentance and our faith, but Jesus didn't need to repent, did He?


A:

No, Jesus didn’t need to repent of his sins, because in all the history of the human race He alone was completely sinless. The reason is because He was God in human flesh, sent from heaven on that first Christmas to save us from our sins.

Why, then, did Jesus seek out John and be baptized by him in the Jordan river? (You can read the Bible’s account of this in Matthew 3:13-17.) The reason is because Jesus — who was the sinless Son of God — took upon Himself your sins and my sins, and the sins of the whole human race. Just as He didn’t have to die, so He didn’t have to be baptized — until He became the bearer of all our sins. This He did by coming to earth for us.

In other words, from the very beginning of His ministry Jesus demonstrated that He was the promised Messiah, and (in the words of John the Baptist) “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). His baptism was a sign of this great truth — and it was confirmed immediately by a voice from heaven declaring, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

No, Jesus didn’t need to repent — but we do, for we have sinned, and our only hope is Christ and His sacrifice for us. Have you opened your heart and life to His forgiveness and His cleansing power?

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17 Comments

  1. Mathew says:

    I was born to Christian parents. Through their faith they baptized me in my infancy. Because of their faith I was able to attend Sunday school and also followed the right christian values. After the sacrament of confirmation as practised by the early eastern churches, I started taking communion since my teenage days. Through a common friend I came across a Pentecostal Pastor from India, he suggested that I baptize again to be saved. Do you think I need to baptize again at age 41? I am confused! Please let me know your comments.

  2. mario says:

    WAS JESUS BAPTISM NOT LIKE THE MIRROW IMAGE OF THE TABANACLE? WAS JOHN THE BAPTIST NOT THE HIGH PRIEST ? DID NOT JOHN LAY HANDS ON JESUS AND TRANSFER ALL THE SINS OF THE ONTO JESUS? WAS JESUS NOT LED INTO THE WILDERNESS BY A CAPABLE PERSON “THE HOLY SPIRIT?”. JUST LIKE THE DAY OF ATONEMENT ?
    WHY DID THE HEAVENS OPEN AND GOD WAS PLEASED? AS JESUS HAD TAKEN ALL THE SINS OF THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF? HERE HE HAD TAKEN ON THE OFFENCE, “WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH”. WHAT ELSE WAS NOW REQUIRED? HIS DEATH ? THE CROSS.

    LIKE THE DAY OF ATONEMENT THE HIGH PRIEST LAYED HANDS ON THE SACRIFICAL GOAT AND TRANSFERED ALL ISREAL SINS ONTO IT. THE ANIMAL DID NOT BECOME A SINNER IT ONLY CARRIED THE SIN?

    LIKE JESUS NOW HE CARRIED OUR SINS? WENT INTO THE DESER

  3. tristan Williamson says:

    This helped me out a lot. Thanks for that!! I just have a question. What type of ministry did Jesus have?

  4. Maurice Arnolds says:

    I need your guidance, if a person dies without being baptized what will happen?

    1. Evan says:

      When you believe in your heart that Christ died for your sins with His blood atonement for your salvation and death burial resurrection. It is through your faith that you were purchased. Spiritual baptism receiving the Holy ghost. Water baptism doesn’t save you. It is symbolizes what you have done. It’s a show of faith to others. Not a necessity for salvation, otherwise you are saying what Christ did wasn’t good enough. Grace through faith not works

  5. Margaret Eldridge says:

    Used this for Bible study. It’s an excellent source