Matthew 3:14-15 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 thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
God’s plans can sometime seem crazy to us. From Johns point of view he was the one needing to be baptized. How could he offer something to Jesus, the one who came to save him. How was he the one who was “worthy” to do anything for Jesus, let alone baptize Him. In John 1:26-27 John said: “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” John didn’t even think he should deal with Jesus shoes. John wasn’t necessarily wrong either. In comparison we shouldn’t have the right to have any dealings with the God of the universe. But we do.
What is baptism? It’s just an outward confirmation, of what is true on the inside already. It is proclaiming that you are giving your life over to God and His will. So why did Jesus need to be baptized? From what I can see, it would appear that Jesus is completing this same task. He wanted everyone to know that His will was in line with the Fathers will, that he was fully committed to doing exactly what God had planed.
Two take home thoughts I got from these verses.
1. God wants us to be part of His plan and allows us, mere humans, to be part of something amazing.
2. Jesus knew what he was getting into and still went a head with it because he loves us.