Why did John baptize Jesus Christ?

John was a prophet, sent before the face of the LORD, to make his way straight.
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

Isaiah 40:3-5
His father Zacharias prophesied over him after his birth, saying:
“And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.​”

​(Luke 1:76-69)

His work was to preach repentance to the people of Israel, during the time of the old testament, to prepare them to be able to receive their Messiah. He baptized the people of Israel, therefore, unto repentance for the remission of their sins (Mark 1:4).
Jesus, when he was 30 years of age, went down to that river to be baptized of John, but not for the remission of his sins, because he was the Son of God, and so there was no sin in him. His blood came from God, not Adam, for his Father was God, not a man.
So, when he came to John, he said to him,
“I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness

Then he suffered him.​”

​Matthew 3:14,15
 
He said this because he knew that he had come to that river, not to be washed from sins, but to open the heavens and make the way for men to come to the Father by him, by his own righteousness.
 
And so , as it is written,
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.​”

 
​This is when the man Christ Jesus was anointed with the Spirit of God, and it was fulfilled that which was written by the prophet Isaiah:
​”Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.​”
(Isaiah 7:14)
 
​Which also being interpreted means, “God with us“. (Matthew 1:23)
 
From that moment in time, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).
 
​And that is how our Lord Jesus came to be “in the Father”, and “the Father in him”; for the Holy Ghost is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and also the God and Father of all his children.
 
​This was when Jesus “came by water” (1 John 5:6).
​After that, he had another baptism to accomplish (Luke 12:50), and that was a baptism of blood, unto death.
 
​Therefore, the Holy Ghost hath said,
​”This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. 
And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.​”
 
​Amen.
 
​And now that our Lord Jesus hath come by water and blood, and the Spirit beareth witness, because he is the truth; we also can be in the Father by being in Jesus Christ his Son.
 
As Jesus said,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
​(John 14:6)
 
​And so, as John wrote again, in that same passage,
​”For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.​”
​1 John 5:7,8
 
​The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are one. These are three terms (not three persons) that refer to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and these are three of the ways that he hath borne witness from heaven of the life that is in his Son (verse 11).
 
​And the Spirit, the water, and the blood agree in one; bearing witness of the same thing.
 
​So, when we have the Spirit and the water, then we have the blood.
 
​This is why Jesus said, 
​”Verily verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”.
(​John 3:5)
 
​And this is why his chosen apostles began to preach as soon as the new testament began, on the day of Pentecost, 
​”Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
 
​Water and Spirit.
 
​This is why John was sent before the Lord Jesus, to make his way straight, and to fulfill all righteousness in baptizing him; so that we who were born in sin could be washed from our sins by his blood, and come to be in the Father by being in his Son Jesus Christ.
 
When we are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of our sins, then we are in Christ…and when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, Christ is in us.
 
And, if we are in Christ, and he is in us, then we may rightly say, as he said,
“I and my Father are one”.
(John 10:30)
 
​Amen.

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