Jesus’ Baptism

The Gospel of Mark tells us that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Yet a few verses later we’re told, “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”

Why, I wonder, did a sinless Jesus come to be baptized by John? What does this tell us about the multiple “functions” (for lack of a better word) of baptism?

2 thoughts on “Jesus’ Baptism

  1. I’m wondering if the most profitable way to explore these more confusing aspects of Jesus’ identification with us isn’t through the lens of his death for sin. Jesus’ death for our sin should confuse us since he was sinless—and it did confuse the disciples prior to pentecost. Isn’t Jesus’ baptism simply one more aspect of his identification with us in our sin so that he could redeem us from the curse? As the writer to the Hebrews put it: “He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Heb. 2:17)

  2. It seems certainly “one more aspect of his identification with us.” But I’m not so sure it is “simply one more aspect of his identification with us.”

    I guess my point, which I obviously didn’t elaborate much on, is to ponder Yeshua’s baptism through a perspective other than his death for our sins.

    Besides identifying with us, what was the purpose of Jesus’ baptism? It seems it wasn’t a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

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