if jesus was sinless y then did he choose baptism?
some answers i was told is that jhon was reluctant to babtise him so this shows he didnt need to, he just wanted to show us the way. I just wanted to know if theres any other reason, considering my source that i got this from is catholic.
This showed to the whole world that God testified of Christ. The more reasons to believe in Him, RIGHT? Also, how can Christ say that we have to get baptised, yet He doesn't show us by His actions? He practices everything that He told us to do.
+God bless you+
he wanted to show us hwo he is like us in a way
You are absolutely right, Awad. The Lord jesus is sinless so He didn't have to be baptized by St John. St John's baptism is not our Sacrament of Baptism. John's baptism was ONLY for the remission of sins. Many Protestants use John's baptism as a reason for not believing in infant baptism. But John's wasn't the Holy Sacrament of Baptism. The Christian Sacrament not only remits sin but also UNITES us to Christ. The Christian Sacrament baptizes us with the Holy Spirit as well: " I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, (Mark 1:8 NKJV)". So we see St John himself differentiating his baptism ministry with the true Sacrament of Christian Baptism that the Lord Jesus institutes in the Church Matthew 28:19.
So why did He do it? He did it to show God's righteousness, It was symbolic of His Ascension since the exact Greek word (anabaino) is used also in John 3:13, Acts 2:34, Epehsian 4:8-10. The Church Fathers taught that in coming up, He lifts the world with Him. Also His baptism was a foreshadowing of the Transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared beside Him in front of the Apostles (Matthew 17:1-8) showing His Divinity. Here at His Baptism its another declaration of His Divinity since the Father and the Holy Spirit appear showing us the Holy Trinity.
So, the Lord Jesus didn't have to be baptized, but He did it anyway to give us an example of obedience to God (righteousness), it benefitted the world for it pre-figured the Holy Sacrament of Baptism, it also pre-figured His Transfiguraton and Ascension and finally declared His Divinity. My explanation is by no means comlete since i really know very little ....so please correct my errors and add on to this thread and i hope my "2 cents" helped... ;D
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Also, circumcision was a promise or a covenant made between God and Abraham that â€Žfrom Abraham's offspring (Isaac) Christ will come and save the world. So it was to â€Žreinforce that covenant. â€Ž
Finally, He wanted to fulfill all the Mosaic Law because He said that he came to finish â€Žnot to overthrow the old testament. â€Ž
Circumcision is replaced with baptism in the new testament.â€Ž
it was a jewinsh tradition, jesus changed everything
this was a covenant between god and the jews
jesus is the new covenant
Happy Epiphany to all!!!
Dear Angel of God..... my previous post in this thread says the Lord jesus also did it as an example for us to follow.
Dear Copticboy..... the verse you refer too is Matthew 3:15.
Starting with verse 14:
" And John tried to prevent Him [from being baptized], saying,'I need to be baptized by You and You are coming to me?' [verse15] But Jesus answered and said to him,'Permit to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulifill all righteousness.' Then He allowed him".
Hope this helps.... ;)! God bless you.
innocent mistake i promise
Did He need to get baptized and to start His life from scratch? Not at all. He did that because as He came out of the water, He took the sins of the world on His shoulders, and got crucified to redeem the world and allow it to start over again.
yup, as far as i know, coptic boys do get circumsized.... it's healtheir that way....
take care and God bless