Does Jesus also had sin that he needed to be baptized?
- Jesus is without sin (Jn 8:46; 2Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15).
- John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance (Acts 19:4). It did not have the power to cleanse sins since Jesus had not yet offered his body and shed his blood (see Heb 9:26). Only baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus can wash away sins (Acts 2:38; 4:10,12; 10:43).
- Jesus was baptized “to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt 3:15), meaning to fulfill the will of God and duty as a man. Jesus, being in the flesh, must also obey the Heavenly Father’s will (see Jn 4:34). His baptism therefore sets an example of obedience to God’s requirements. It also shows us that we need to be baptized to be accepted by God. Incidentally, the correct manner of baptism is demonstrated as well (immersion: “went up out of the water”; see Mt 3:16).
- As far as the Lord Jesus himself was concerned, his baptism also served as a testimony to his ministry and that he was the Messiah whom John had been preaching about (see Jn 1:30-34).
John 1:30-34 (New King James Version)
This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”