(Matthew 3: 13- 16) '' Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him, 14. But John tried to stop Him, saying, ''I need to be baptized by you, and yet You come to me?'' Jesus answered him, ''Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.'' Then he allowed Him to be baptized.. After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him, And there came a voice from heaven;
This is My beloved Son, I take delight in Him.!
- Jesus explained that baptism was essential to His perfection. Jesus wished to please His Father by obeying the commands of the prophets (John was the greatest of the prophets; 11:9-13) and by identifying with God's righteous cause among the people. If He had refused to participate in John's baptism, Jesus would have seemed like a rebel rather than One who came to fufill all righteousness.
(Matthew 28: 18-20), The Great Commission;
18. ''Then Jesus came near and said to them, ''All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19. ''Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20. Teaching them to observe everthing I have commanded you, And remember, I am with you alwaya, to the end of the age.''
- Baptism marked a person's entrance into the faith community.
Baptism; the Greek verb for ''to baptize'' is baptizo, meaning ''to dip'' or ''to immerse.''
When the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regards to sin and righteousness and judgment.'' Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ.. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'' (ACTS 2:38)
Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death in oder that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life'' ( Romans 6:3-4)