As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. But Herod the ruler, who had been rebuked by him because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and because of all the evil things that Herod had done, added to them all by shutting up John in prison. Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:15-22, NRSV)
We talk about baptism as a washing away of our sins and making us right with God. But in the New Testament there are not many who are baptized, at least the stories of people being baptized are not that many. We have no written proof the disciples were baptized. But Jesus was.
Did Jesus need to be baptized?
In another gospel, John tries to get Jesus to baptize him, rather than John baptizing Jesus. But Jesus says it is better to be done this way for now.
Jesus did not have to have His sins washed away. He did not need to be cleansed from wrong doing.
There are a lot of reasons we could say Jesus needed to be baptized, and all the ones I can think of have reasons that just make them wrong. So why?
The best answer I have for why Jesus had to be baptized is He didn’t, but He was. So ask God when you get there.
He was washed in the water and publically claimed as God’s Son. So we would know He is God’s Son, the Messiah.
So wash in the waters, and allow the savior of the world to change your life.