“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” ”
Jesus’s baptism always puzzles me a little. Partly because John the Baptist seems to recognize Him as the Messiah, but later on his is unsure. I also don’t really understand what he means in verse 15 (“Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”). How is John baptizing Jesus fulfilling all righteousness? Then, when God descends from Heaven and proclaims Jesus is His Son, can everyone see that, or only Jesus? Is this the first time Jesus learns He is God’s Son? It doesn’t seem like it when He was talking to John.
I also don’t really understand the need for Jesus to be baptized. He has no sin, so He doesn’t need to be clean. I guess to me His baptism represents the beginning of His new life as the Messiah. Before this Jesus had just been kind of living His life. He had been learning. But after His baptism He begins a life of teaching, healing, and He really dedicates His life to everyone else.
I think it is also important that God proclaims who Jesus is, not Jesus. How can we be sure He was the Messiah? God told us that He was! This is the main reason I think that everyone present must have seen the dove and heard God’s voice.