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Summary: Why did the Perfect Son of God need to be baptized and what relevance did that event have for sinners?

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Jesus: The Fulfillment ALL of Righteousness

Matthew 3:13-17

I. Jesus was baptized “To Fulfill ALL Righteousness.”

A. He identified with sinners although He was sinless

B. He kept the law perfectly.

C. He had to perfectly live as well as die.

D. He initiated the sacrament of baptism.

II. The Trinity is displayed at Jesus’ Baptism!

A. The baptism of the Son

B. The anointing of the Spirit.

C. The word of the Father.

III. What is the significance for us today?

A. Through Jesus, the heavens open for us.

B. Through Jesus’ righteousness and the Holy Spirit’s washing, we are accepted as righteous to God: It is not our act but His “Imputation.”

C. John’s words reflect our need: “I need to be baptized by you.”

D. John’s actions: He consented to Jesus (permitted).

Why did Jesus come to a baptism that was intended for sinners? It’s kind of strange, John was refusing to baptize the Pharisees because they were impenitent, and he refuses to baptize Jesus because he was perfect. Did Jesus NEED to be baptized? He didn’t need forgiveness. He didn’t NEED to turn from sin; He didn’t need to repent. He didn’t need a conversion, and He didn't need a transformation, and He didn't need to change His life or change His heart. IF that baffles you, it disturbed John too.

Listen to Matthew 3:13 “Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" 15 But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.”

16 “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."

There has been much dialogue concerning whether John the Baptist knew Jesus before His baptism. Since they were “cousins”, it would seem ludicrous that the mothers and fathers of both would not have shared post birth information after angel visits and everything else that occurred!

In John 1:29, John recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God, ("Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”) and that truth was certainly confirmed to him when John “consented” and baptized Jesus. It was THEN that the Spirit of God descended on Him as a dove and a voice came from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” What was the reason for Jesus’ baptism according to Matthew 3:15?

I. Jesus was baptized “To Fulfill all Righteousness” vs. 15 ( to make full, to fill up, ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS:{Dikaiosune (dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay} the condition or state which is acceptable to God; to be innocent, faultless, guiltless before God.


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