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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. Gregory Parker says:

    I’ve always wanted to be baptized but haven’t done so yet.

  2. Lawrence Harry says:

    I love Jesus.

  3. Martin McCall says:

    I have been a member of the Church of Christ for 41 years, and am a minister at Hayneville Church of Christ. I have enjoyed the reading that I have read.

  4. Joey says:

    Thanks for the explanation. If I were to take your logic though, that Jesus’ death was paying for my penalty for sin (meaning I no longer have to die and pay that penalty), why would I then need to be baptized since Jesus was baptized on behalf of all the sins of the world?

  5. Lorraine Gonzalez says:

    But why were people getting baptized by John for the remission of their sins? Isn’t Jesus Christ the only one who can do that?

  6. Sebastine Israel says:

    Thanks for the great insight you brought to my heart through this explanation.

  7. Jonas says:

    Thank you! I was just reading Acts 19:3-7 and read how John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance and I wondered why Christ would then be baptized by John. Your blog makes it clear now. Also, I have learned that this may be the reason why baptism is not required to enter heaven (though God commands it). The reason why it is not required for entering Heaven is alao because Christ not only died and paid for all sins but was also baptized for all sinners as well.
    Wonderful reading. Thank you.

  8. Harriet Snell says:

    I think it was because he had to keep all the law for the sake of the non-believing Jews so couldn’t blame him of not being a righteous man.

  9. ushie Stephen says:

    Does baptism wash away sin or does the blood of Jesus?

  10. Juanita labelle says:

    Someone told me that when a baby is in the womb, that is the water and Spirit and we are then sinless.