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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?


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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  1. Dr. Roy L Swihart says:

    We look BACK to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection when we accept his sacrifice on our behalf and baptism is our public ceremonial declaration of our personal acceptance of His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus was looking FORWARD to the cross. His baptism was His public ceremonial declaration and acceptance of death, burial and resurrection that all righteousness might be fulfilled. His declaration so pleased the Father that heaven opened up and the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

  2. kelvin says:

    amen. thanks for explanation

  3. Flo says:

    Amen, thank you Jesus!! That is so beautiful!!

  4. E. Roosevelt Carpenter says:

    Thanks for the information on why Jesus was baptized, but it is not enough we need more details.

  5. John Crain says:

    Thank you for the explanation.

  6. Rena Croker says:

    I’ve been curious about Jesus’ baptism. From my understanding, it was for rejuvenation and not for the cleansing of sins. That made a lot of sense to me.

  7. george murray says:

    question-who in the bible was baptized in the name of the father-son -holy ghost