The text before us is a text that shows us what kind of Savior we have in Christ Jesus. It is also a text by which God Himself directs us to His Son—and only to His Son. It is a most amazing text because Jesus, “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made,” this same Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized by him in the Jordan river (Nicene Creed).
This is a most strange, yet wonderful doing of our Lord. It is most strange for no other reason than that John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3). Indeed, John the Baptist preached by saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near (Matthew 3:1).
Those who came to John to be baptized by him were to be repentant, that is, they were to be sorry for their sins. John’s preaching of repentance was a call to turn from unbelief to belief in the Lord and His word and promises.
This is what is strange about Jesus coming to John the Baptist to be baptized by him—Jesus had nothing to repent of. Jesus was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He had no need for forgiveness, for remission of sins, or for pardon. He was complete, whole, and without blemish. It was not Jesus who needed forgiveness. It was John himself and all who came to him, truly, everyone else but Jesus…