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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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35 Comments

  1. Jason says:

    I’m still struggling to understand why Jesus decided to baptized by water. I thought that he took on our sins at the cross. If that’s true, then why was water baptism necessary at this point in Jesus life?

    Thanks

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jason,

      In Matthew 3:13-15, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, though He was not baptized out of repentance of sin because He never sinned. Instead, He was baptized for a few other reasons. His baptism was the starting point of His public ministry, He was identifying with the repentant people of God, and showed His support for what John the Baptist was doing. Jesus was perfect and didn’t need baptism, but was baptized out of obedient service to God the Father.

      Hope this is helpful.
      -BGEA Team

  2. abhay bansode says:

    Please tell me brother before Jesus died on the cross without shedding blood, why he told to paralytic man your sin forgiven?

    1. BGEA says:

      In Mark 2, Jesus sees that the paralytic man has faith to believe that Jesus can heal him. Jesus heals the man and forgives his sins because of his faith in Him.

  3. Rick O'Connell says:

    Hi,
    I have a question?
    Is Baptism necessary for Salvation?

  4. forrest jones says:

    you think Jesus came from heaven on the first Christmas ? really what are you thinking. Christ was not born on dec 25 nor does he want us to celebrate his birth. you need to study the bible

  5. Dr. J. Steven Davis, JD, DD says:

    Minister First Southern Baptist Church, Buena Park, CA. We conduct full immersion baptisms at our Church. While it may not forgive your sins, it is a public statement of your dedication to Christ.

  6. Brian Brock says:

    Both my sons were baptized yesterday. Beautiful. The Lord was there. They are 11&13. They even said they felt Jesus was there. The joy pouring from my heart is impossible to put into words. Its amazing to see the youth so hungry for God’s presence. Hallelujah!

  7. Darma Doraisamy says:

    Your explanation is not convincing

  8. Madhubabu.b says:

    I want more information about Jesus Christ

    1. Kris Wilson says:

      Read the Gospel of John and Acts to get started

    2. Ryan says:

      Find a church near you, my friend. Go there and ask about Jesus Christ.