to fulfill all righteousness

08 Jan

170108Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17, NRSV)

John wanted Jesus to baptize him, I mean after all John’s baptism is a baptism of repentance, of confessing our sins. Does Jesus really need to confess sins? Does Jesus really need to be baptized?

But it is proper to do this to fulfill all righteousness! What does that mean? To fulfill all righteousness. To make all divine sinless things come to be.

Jesus did not need to confess sins or be made clean. But in order for the divine plan to proceed forward this was a step that needed to be done. Doesn’t mean we need to understand it. We just need to know that Jesus is God’s beloved son and through Him we can have a relationship with God.


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