John Baptizes Jesus
John Baptizes Jesus
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Jesus came specifically to John to be baptized. He was to identify Himself with John’s ministry. He was the Messiah, the Lamb of God, being proclaimed by John.
So with our ministry – we are to proclaim Jesus the Lamb of God.
Why would Jesus seek to be baptized? The very fact that the Son of God would be baptized is startling. He was the Author and Finisher of our Faith, the Founder of Christianity. He was the one who was making baptism possible and effectual (working) for man.
John’s baptism was a call for men to take a stand and to become identified with a life of repentance and righteousness. Jesus needed no repentance; He was already perfectly righteous. He was the PURCHASER of righteousness, the Ideal Man. His righteousness was the pattern, the very righteousness that could stand for and cover every man.
Why then would Jesus be baptized? In His own Words “to fulfill all righteousness”. Matthew 3:15
“But Jesus answered and said to him “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness,” Then he allowed Him.”
In Matthew’s account (Matthew 3:14) John did not want to baptize Jesus. He said “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
John was saying two things:
1. He was not worthy to baptize Christ. Christ’s coming to him was too great an honor for him. He did not deserve the privilege of baptizing the Messiah, the Lamb of God. John humbles himself. John was the great one in the eyes of the people at this time. Multitudes of people were flocking to him (Lk 3:7) the general public (Lk 3:10), tax collectors (Lk 3:12), soldiers (Lk 3:14), and religionists (Mt 3:7). He had reached the summit in the public’s eye. He was honored above all by vast numbers of people despite being opposed by religionists and traditionalists (Lk 7:28). Yet when Christ approached him, he lowered himself and acknowledged that he was nothing in comparison.
2.He personally needs the baptism of Christ. He needed what Christ had. Christ was to baptize with the Holy Spirit and Fire, and John was confessing his need to receive the Holy Spirit and Fire from Christ.
Do you need what Jesus has? Do you need the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire?
Eph 5:18 - And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.
No one is worthy of God’s call. No one is worthy to minister to Christ. The fact that God allows any kind of relationship with Himself is beyond comprehension. Yet He has. He allows us to be with Him and to serve Him.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,