#14 “THE BAPTISM OF JESUS” (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22)

Do you need to be baptized to be saved? In this podcast, Jason answers this question, and offers what role baptism plays in a believer’s life.


“Baptism of Jesus”

Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22

  1. Jesus Comes to Be Baptized by John (Matt. 3:13; Mk. 1:9; Lk. 3:21)
  • 3:13 – “Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John.”
  • 1:9 – “Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
  • 3:21 – “Jesus also had been baptized

Many scholars believe an area of Jordan east of Jericho was the place where Jesus was baptized. Historically, this was the same area whereby a passage was opened for Israel under Joshua, and later for two prophets: Elijah and Elisha.

  1. John Feels Unworthy to Baptize Jesus (Matt. 3:14-15)
  • I need to be baptized by you—The extraordinary humility of John.
  • Fulfill all righteousness— Jesus was not being baptized as a sign of repentance. He was without sin (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 1 John 3:5). He was baptized to affirm the teaching of John the Baptist—that He is the Righteous One who will forgive people of their sins (see Matt. 1:21; 1 Pet. 1:22-25).
    • Wiersbe: His baptism pictured His future baptism on the cross (Matt. 20:22; Luke 12:50) when all the “waves and billows” of God’s judgment would go over Him (Ps. 42:7; Jonah 2:3).[1]
    • Guzik: Jesus did not receive baptism because He was a sinner that needed to repent and be cleansed from His sins. He did it to completely identify Himself with sinful man. This was the same heart that would lead to His ultimate identification with sinful man on the cross.[2]
  • There are many who believe that baptism is necessary for salvation. However, that is not a biblical position (see Eph. 2:8, 9; Tit. 2:11-13; Gal. 2; Rom. 10:9, 10).
  1. Jesus is Baptized (Matt. 3:16-17; Mk. 1:10-11; Lk. 3:21-22)
    • 3:16 – “the heavens were opened to him”
    • 1:10 – “the heavens being torn open”
    • 3:21 – “and when Jesus also had baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened”
      • This public baptism, under the public ministry of John the Baptist, was the official start of Jesus’ public Galilean ministry (Acts 1:21-22). Jesus was approximately 30 years old (Lk. 3:23)—an age when Levites would begin their ministry.
      • and the Holy Spirit (Spirit of God) descended on (rest) him in bodily form, like a dove—This was a public confirmation of heavenly authentication that Jesus is the Messiah. This act of the dove resting on him was prophesied in Isaiah 11:1, which reads: “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Other Messianic passages: Ps. 2:7; Isa. 42:1; 61:1). You are my beloved Son;with you I am well pleased—All three Persons of the Godhead were present at the baptism Wiersbe:This is the first of three recorded occasions when the Father spoke from heaven. The second was when Jesus was transfigured (Luke 9:28–36), and the third was during His last week before the cross (John 12:28).”[3]


[1]Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 17.


[3]Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1, 182.