Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Jesus Was Not A Model

...for baptism. I don't know how many times I've heard Baptist (and other) preachers cite Jesus' baptism by John as proof for our baptism. Jesus was not baptized to 'set an example'. Neither was he baptized in the way John the Baptist baptized everyone else, ie for repentance.

Indeed, Jesus commands baptism (Matt 28:19), but his own personal baptism was to fulfill Mosaic law regarding the anointing of priests before they began their service. A thorough but brief explanation of the true purpose of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan is found
here.