Why did Jesus the Son of God need to be Baptized?
Was he not already part of the family of God, He was the anointed One, what was the purpose?
Jesus was not baptized for His benefit; it was for ours. We needed the sign, the symbol, the permission to listen to him.
We live in a world that gives authority and value to experts, when was the last time that you did something, bought something or dined at a restaurant that you did not have a conversation about or influenced in some way.
Jesus’ baptism was God’s way of showing us that Jesus had His blessing and given authority and it is good to listen to Him.
So the Question is “Who are you listening to … God or the world”?
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”