Baptism Is About What You’re Living for
The story of Jesus’ baptism has been discussed and analyzed for years and years. Most people want to know why Jesus got baptized in the first place.
If, as we’re told, John preached a baptism for repentance, why did Jesus have to be baptized? As you can imagine, if Christians say Jesus was sinless, then seeing Him being baptized is a little troubling.
That’s because we only emphasize the first part of baptism. Baptism is a two-part commitment. Yes, the first part is about repentance. The second part is about being totally submitted to the will of God.
The second part is why Jesus was baptized. He wanted to make the statement to the whole world that He was totally sold out to the Father’s will.
What we witness later at the cross, we symbolically see in His baptism. Jesus totally submerged Himself to the Father’s will. That’s why baptism is important. It’s the symbolic statement that we, like Jesus, are totally sold out to God’s will for our lives. We’re holding nothing back.
Just like “all of us” went under the water, “all of us” is now lost in the depth of God’s will. Yes, repentance means turning away from our sins, but it also means turning to Jesus and His will for our lives. We’re all in. No turning back.
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