Why Was Jesus Baptized?
BY Jimmy Akin
| Posted 1/9/13 at 9:45 PM
This Sunday, the Church celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ.
It's an event that is recorded in all four gospels, so we know it's important.
But there's a question that has puzzled Christians all down through the ages.
It even puzzled John the Baptist, who performed the baptism.
Why was Jesus baptized?
We all know what baptism does.
According to the Catechism:
The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes:
By this very fact the person baptized is
So, as you can see, it's quite clear why Jesus would need to be baptized. He . . . hey, wait!
Jesus didn't need to achieve any of those things!
Why, then, was he baptized?
Why did he insist on it, even when John the Baptist resisted?
Here's a short video to explain . . .
(Click here to watch the video on YouTube.)
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