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Why We Baptize

Have you ever wondered why Jesus got baptized? John’s ministry had one message — turn away from sin and be baptized. John baptized as a way for someone to show his or her willingness to repent. But Jesus was sinless. He didn’t have any reason to repent. So why get baptized?

Because God said so. Jesus did and said only what His Father told Him to do (John 12:49). Just like baptism is our first step of obedience after salvation, it was Jesus’ first step of obedience as He embarked on His mission of building a bridge between humanity and God.

Jesus’ baptism marked the beginning of His ministry. It’s the first time He’s identified as God’s Son. It allowed Him to identify with our humanness and it gave us an example to follow. By getting baptized, Jesus demonstrated the importance of baptism, what it should look like and why we do it.

Baptism is a matter of obedience for us just like it was for Jesus. The water doesn’t save us or wash away our sins. Jesus did that when He died on a cross in our place. Baptism is a way to publicly declare Who we follow and what our lives are about. And if it mattered enough for Jesus to do it, why shouldn’t we?


  • Have you been baptized since asking Jesus into your life? Take some time to remember that day, how you felt and how your life is different now. If you’ve never been baptized, what’s holding you back?
  • Is there anything God is calling you to do that seems unnecessary? What do you need to do today to be obedient to what God is asking you to do?

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