August 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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WHY WAS JESUS BAPTIZED?

Some few months ago, I was checking the status report of our Seven Times web site, and noticed that one individual had searched the internet for the phrase "why was Jesus baptized?" From this phrase, he was led to connect to the Seven Times web site for information.

There are quite a number of articles that contain the word baptism so I'm certain the searcher found some interesting reading, but we did not have an article based upon that very phrase.

As I pondered the question, I realized that the reason Jesus was baptised was tied inexorably to the New Testament Passover.

From here you will probably be asking why? or how?

Let's begin with the scriptures that directly apply to that baptismal event.

Mat. 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him.
16 And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him;
17 and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

There is much more in these scriptures than is first apparent so let us dig deeply into them and see what God's Word has to say about them.

First, in verse 13 we see that this is John's baptism that Jesus will go through. We know from scripture that John's baptism is to repentance from sin.

Mr 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Lu 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
Ac 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

We know, or should know, that Jesus did no sin, therefore He had nothing of which to repent!! Why then did He want John to baptise Him?

In verse 15 Jesus said "Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." The word suffer is an old english word which means 'allow'. There were other reasons Jesus wanted to be baptised. One of those reasons was to "fulfil all righteousness."

We have told readers in many articles to what righteousness refers. It is stated in Psalms 119:172.

"172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: FOR ALL THY COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS."

All God's commandments cover more than just the Ten Commandments.
However, the Ten Commandments are the very CORE and FOUNDATION of ALL God's commandments. This Psalm then is speaking basically of God's Ten basic, core commandments.

The breaking of God's Commandments IS SIN (I John 3:4)!! To fulfill all righteousness is to keep all God's Commandments perfectly, WHICH JESUS DID! By being baptised, Jesus was setting and establishing a precedent for all to follow... an example, if you will. (I Pet. 2:21)

It was also a baptism for all OUR sins which HE HAD TAKEN UPON HIMSELF!

However, it was even much more than that.

We will need to read another scripture to add to this reason.

Rom. 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

As we can see, this baptism ALSO pictures burial WITH CHRIST! To bury one it is necessary to not just sprinkle one with dirt,but to TOTALLY cover one with dirt! That is why baptism should be total submersion and not the other forms of "baptism" that a lot of churches perform.

When we repent of sins, we are symbolically 'crucified' with Christ, then symbolically die and are buried WITH HIM. We are then "dead to sin" as it talks about in Rom. 7. The PENALTY of sin then is no more over us, UNLESS WE SIN AGAIN after baptism!

You might say, "All this is quite interesting and true, but what does it have to do with Jesus' baptism?"

Let us read one more scripture here and then go to the major reason Jesus was baptised. That scripture is in:

1 Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

This, of course refers back to the Old Testament (yes, I know a lot of you may believe the Old Testament was 'done away.') where Moses had led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, and God divided the sea for them to cross upon dry land.

Ex.14:16 And lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thy hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go into the midst of the sea on dry ground.
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and God caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

The Cloud around God was ABOVE the children of Israel with the water on both sides making them symbolically buried in water (picturing baptism. (1 Cor. 10:2)

Before Israel left Egypt, God had a death angel to pass through the land and destroy ALL the FIRST BORN of Egypt. All the Israelites had been PROTECTED FROM DEATH by the blood of a PERFECT, BLEMISH FREE SLAIN LAMB, which had been put over the door and upon the door posts. When the death angel saw the blood, he PASSED OVER that house and did not slay anyone in the house!

That perfect, blemish-free lamb pointed to a time in the distant future when another PERFECT, BLEMISH-FREE LAMB would be slain. THAT lamb was JESUS OUR SAVIOUR!!!

29 On the morrow he seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!

The Old Testament Passover points us to the sacrifice of Jesus who was placed upon the stake and then killed to take away the penalty of our sins!

He took our sins upon himself and became a sinner for us!

1 Pet. 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Isa. 53:3 He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity (lawlessness) of us all.

Another part of that baptism was to give Him POWER and to be appointed (anointed) to a special job. In Acts 10 we see this:

Ac 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Jesus then went into the wilderness (Mat. 4:1 - ) to do battle with Satan, the god of this world (1 Cor. 4:4). He then returned and began to teach about the coming Kingdom of God, and to do miracles using the power God gave Him to use.

Although He had done no sin, HE TOOK OUR SINS UPON HIMSELF, AND WAS BAPTISED FOR OUR SINS!!! This then allowed us to be FREE FROM THE PENALTY OF OUR PAST SINS!! When we are baptised, we are acknowledging the sacrifice of Jesus and we then are SYMBOLICALLY BURIED WITH HIM. When we come up out of that "watery grave", it pictures our resurrection at the return of Jesus the Christ when He comes to bring the Kingdom of God to this earth!

THAT WAS THE REASON FOR HIS BAPTISM!!!! SO THAT OUR SINS WOULD BE FORGIVEN!

WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE HAVE! WHAT AN AWESOME PICTURE OF GOD'S SALVATIONAL PLAN FOR MANKIND!!

If you are called by God (John 6:44, 65), repent of sin and are baptised (Acts 2:38) God will then give you the gift of His Holy Spirit. You will then be BAPTISED with the HOLY GHOST (SPIRIT) as it says in Acts 1:

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

The Holy Spirit is a GIFT that is given for OBEDIENCE (Acts 5:32). That obedience is pictured in the act of baptism and shows the world (and God) that you have submitted to, and are obedient to God! (Acts 5:29)

Let us continually thank God for His and Jesus' sacrifice to cleans us from all sin upon repentance and baptism and to think about the mercy under which He sustains us as we grow in Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I'm GLAD you are obeying God and have done all the things God wants you to do in your life, continuing in a life of obedience to ALL God's Commandments so we can all be "GLORIFIED TOGETHER" when Christ returns.

I'll be looking for you there, ok?

Your friend and brother,

Ken

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