A friend asked "Why was Jesus Baptized"

A friend asked “Why was Jesus Baptized”, I thought about this and meditated on this for awhile and made some notes.

Here is a summary of my notes:

The Trinity

First I think there is a major importance in Christ’s actual baptism.  This is the first time we see the Trinity completely.  We have in this scene of Jesus life, Christ (the man), The Holy Spirit (coming down as a dove), and God (his voice and words).  When you think about it, his baptism exposes who and what he is.  He is the word of God made flesh.  We actually have God’s words in Matthew  3:17 , “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”.  This when combined with the Holy Spirit and Christ, we see all three persons of God.  We get the glimpse of the pure love that is in the Trinity.


To Imitate Christ.

With Jesus being baptized, he is showing us how to convert and be born again anew.  Even thou Christ has no sin, or knows no sin, his baptism shows us the way to repent and to anew ourselves and his baptism still marked a turning point in His life and ministry. Also to show humility to His Father as we should show humility to God’s Will.


Fulfillment of Prophecy

John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. (Matthew 3:14-15)  
To fulfill all righteousness: in this gospel to fulfill usually refers to fulfillment of prophecy, and righteousness to moral conduct in conformity with God’s will. Here, however, as in Matthew 5:6;6:33, righteousness seems to mean the saving activity of God. To fulfill all righteousness is to submit to the plan of God for the salvation of the human race. This involves Jesus’ identification with sinners; hence the propriety of his accepting John’s baptism.  As well as his identification with sinners, along with Christ’s baptism he makes the water Holy thru him and the Holy Spirit.

Noa’s story is a prophecy how God uses water to cleanse, when he saw the world in great sin. So it only makes sense that God would use baptism to cleanse his people. 


 Also in Zechariah 13:1 On that day there shall be open to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, a fountain to purify from sin and uncleanness                                                                                                                                                         

Another example of God using water to purify is Leviticus 14:6-8.  To summarize,  one is to slay a bird over spring water and the sprinkle the man to be purified from his leprosy.  In those days, leprosy was seen as God’s punishment for breaking God’s law

There are many more, but those are just a few of how the Old Testament used water to purify.

Actually after i wrote that I just noticed there were three points. Three in being the Trinity.

The Ah Ha moment (as my mom calls them) was on the Mystery of Christ.  I was thinking more about why love doesn’t stay.  Why it seems people stray, even if they truly love someone.  I think its because the mystery of love is lost or not seen anymore.  When we get involved with someone, there is this whole mystery of who they are, what they are like, how we are like together.  How our intimacy will be.  It seems that we need this mystery.  Something to keep us searching.  Our humanity needs this.  We are a combination of Heart, Mind and Soul and as humans we can not just feed one, if we do, we feel incomplete.   This leads us to cloud our minds and make poor decisions.   The relationships and marriages that seem to work are the ones that has God working in them.  Its as if the mystery of God works thu their relationship with each other and keeps them engaged, as well with our other relationships/friendships.

I was thinking, since God is all knowing and created us, he must have known the complexity it is for love to manifest for us.  To know God is to know true love.  To love like God, we must be open.  I do not have a child of my own, but I can only assume that the love a parent has for his or her child is just a glimpse of the love God has for us in his eyes.  So since he knew this, he must have known for us human to fully love him that he must stay a mystery, or we would stray.  

Maybe that is why Adam and Eve committed the original sin.  They knew God intimately.  They walked and talked to him in his garden of creation.  But they got bored, they searched for knowledge and ate from the tree of knowledge and defied God.  As a spouse does when they take a bit of the forbidden fruit of lust when they are bored in their relationship, Adam and Eve took a bite out of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. 

The mystery of the Trinity is needed for us to love God, to keep us from turning away from God.  To keep our hearts, mind and soul engaged in this journey of life and in our journey to love. 

To know God is to know love and to live in love.  That is what we strive for, that is what it is to imitate Christ.


~ by Polish Jedi on March 13, 2009.

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