When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased. Luke 3:21-22
Why was Jesus baptized and what does that have to do with you? Good question, and I am not suggesting I have the fullness of the answer, but here is a point to make. John’s baptism was a repentance baptism that led to the forgiveness of sins, Luke 3:3. Why would Jesus need to submit to that sort of baptism?
I believe the answer is that the Divine, clothed in the corruptible Adamic flesh, representing Israel particularly and all men generally needed to under go the requirements of the covenant for the sake of our redemption. In other words, Jesus became like us to redeem us. We all know this because, hopefully, you have been taught this from the pulpit. Jesus became man to redeem men. Simple enough.
Jesus submitted Himself to the baptism of John as the fullness of Israel. Jesus is the covenant member. He is the Israelite, and He took upon Himself all the baggage of Israel. Jesus is the new man. He fulfilled all righteous, He being altogether righteous. In His baptism Jesus is overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and the voice of the Father speaks out publicly, “I love this Kid!”
So, what about your baptism? What does Jesus’s baptism have to do with your baptism? Well, they are mirrored. Read what the New Testament says about baptism, and then come back here. Read: Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2:11-13; Galatians 3:27; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Let me summarize: Jesus became like us in His baptism and now we, being baptized in His Name, are overshadowed by the Spirit, declared the beloved of the Father, and are being made more like Jesus.
Jesus was baptized to be made more like us. We are baptized to be made more like Him. Your baptism says about you the same thing Jesus’s baptism said about Him. Jesus was cleansed at His baptism, so are you. Jesus was given the Holy Spirit at His baptism, so are you. Jesus was publicly declared the Beloved Son of God, and so are you.
Rejoice in your baptism and never forget what God has done for you through Jesus…and as John tells the crowds, “live accordingly” Luke 3:8.