Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Fulfilling All Righteousness (Mt 3.15)

Read Mt 3.13-17, Mk 1.9-11, Lk 3.21-23

John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance so why did Jesus need to be baptized? Jesus was sinless and had no need to repent but He did need to live up to all the expectations of righteousness in order to be holy (2 Cor 5.21). It wasn’t merely not doing the don’ts; it was doing all the dos as well (being perfect as His Father in Heaven is perfect; Mt 5.48). So John’s baptism has more significant than just repentance, it was the right thing to do. As we are discipling men and women we need to help them understand the importance of baptism and every other positive command. It is part of Jesus’ Great Commission and it’s the right thing to do. FJ17