So this Jesus guy…..why in the heck would HE be baptized? I mean, he’s sinless right? And baptism is for the remission of sins right? And even John the Baptist said, “whoa man, like I can’t even tie your shoes because that’s how low I am compared to you.”
But we are fed “It’s for our example” and then the discussion is over. Like that.
But wait, if the Father actually SPOKE verbally there (This is my SON, with whom I am well pleased, and the Holy Spirit came down as a dove) then sorry, I am not taking this as a mere “It was for our example” and dropping it. No way, there is more here. way more.
The more I study this Jesus guy, the more I see him as Immanuel, a.k.a God With Us.
In a world where the religious elite, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Sanhedrin, were all too comfortable with their “wall” of religious superiority separating them from the, you know, common folk, the unclean even, Jesus raises his hand and says “I’ll do it”.
"I’ll go out there and be baptized. I know I don’t have anything to repent of, but I don’t care, I’ll do it anyway. The reason? I’m here for you, I want to identify with you, and if that means I have to get in the water to identify with you and your sin, I’ll do it, and I won’t even think twice."
We don’t have a God that says he’s loving yet has never reached down to experience what humans experience. To sit on high places and says “do this” “do that” without leading by an…….example?
Yes, I don’t have anything against the word “example”, but my mere point is with leaving the word there without attaching the word “identification” with it.
"I’m here for you, You and I will go through this together, if it means I get my feet muddy, I’ll do it. if it means I cry for your loss, I’ll do it. if it means I’ll eventually die, humiliated, I’ll do it, because, I love you, I AM you."
"I’m not here to be better than you, I’m not here to judge you, heck I know all that. I’m here to lead you to what life can be, here, now. So I don’t care if I’m sinless, I’m getting in that water, I’m not too proud to do that."
The dictator says “do what I say”
The leader says “do what I do”
Every journey is best started with a humble heart, willing to take instruction. Jesus Christ began His own journey the same way.