Why was Jesus baptized?


Why was Jesus Baptized? Especially considering that he is not subject to original sin and didn’t commit any personal sin?

What does he mean by “to fulfill all righteousness?”


CCC 536 The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God’s suffering Servant. He allows himself to be numbered among sinners; he is already “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”. Already he is anticipating the “baptism” of his bloody death. Already he is coming to “fulfill all righteousness”, that is, he is submitting himself entirely to his Father’s will: out of love he consents to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. The Father’s voice responds to the Son’s acceptance, proclaiming his entire delight in his Son. The Spirit whom Jesus possessed in fullness from his conception comes to “rest on him”. Jesus will be the source of the Spirit for all mankind. At his baptism “the heavens were opened” - the heavens that Adam’s sin had closed - and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit, a prelude to the new creation.


Ryan :slight_smile:


You know I like to think of Scripture kind of like an onion. It has many layers.

On the top layer--------Jesus is baptised.

On another layer--------Jesus is annointed by a priest—John the Baptist’s father was a priest and his mother Elizabeth is from the family of Aaron who was Moses’ brother a Levite priest.

On another layer--------So that what God spoke through the Prophets would be fullfilled.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The senses of Scripture

According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the **literal and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral, and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses **guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church.

The **literal sense **is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: "All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the literal."83

The spiritual sense. Thanks to the unity of God’s plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which it speaks can be signs.

1. The allegorical sense. We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ’s victory and also of Christian Baptism.84

2. The moral sense. The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written "for our instruction."85

3. The anagogical sense (Greek: anagoge, “leading”). We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem.86


Paragraph 3. The Mysteries of Christ’s Life


I think that Jesus was baptized to show us the way. He said that we are to follow Him.

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