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BAPTISM OF JESUS: Why did Jesus choose to receive baptism from John?


Why did Jesus, who is the Son of God, choose to receive baptism from John the Baptist?

1) Since Jesus took the form of a human, he wanted to show the humility of identifying with other humans and showing himself as a model for them.
2) Jesus wanted to fulfil the prophecies about him.
3) He wanted to honour John’s baptism.
4) Jesus wanted to upgrade John’s baptism with the descent of the Holy Spirit. Whether Jesus baptized any is not sure (Jn 3:22), though his disciples did that during his public ministry after John baptized him (Jn 4:2).
5) Jesus wanted John to have the supernatural experience that followed his baptism, so John got the certainty that Jesus was the Messiah.

 


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