13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Up until this point, Jesus had been living a quiet life. A perfect life, yes, but a quiet perfect life. But now he intentionally finds himself standing in a line waiting to be baptized by John. A baptism of repentence and forgiveness.
But wait a minute? Wasn’t Jesus perfect? Why is he standing in this line going to be baptized? We get baptized to wash away our sin, but Jesus didn’t have any sin. This doesn’t make any sense. Here’s the truth: Jesus didn’t come for himself.
He didn’t come to lord his God-head over us. He came to identify as us to save us. So there he was standing in the line of sinners because it was for sinners that he came to save. Our God has never been a distant God; one whom we can’t approach. We’ve always had a God who will do whatever it takes to have a relationship with us even if that meant he had to die to accomplish it. That’s exactly what he did.