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If Jesus Was Perfect, Why Was He Baptized?

By Mormon.org
Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist

It’s a Commandment

Jesus taught the importance of baptism when He said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). He also taught, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

So even though Jesus did not need to repent, He needed and wanted to keep the commandments. He told John the Baptist, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).

Jesus was baptized because He was perfectly obedient.

He Showed Us the Way

In His perfect obedience, Jesus showed us that baptism is more than just a good thing to do—it’s vital. In the Book of Mormon we learn that His baptism “showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them” (2 Nephi 31:9).

The Prophet Joseph Smith put it this way: “Baptism is a sign to God, to angels, and to heaven that we do the will of God, and there is no other way beneath the heavens whereby God hath ordained for man to come to Him to be saved, and enter into the kingdom of God, except faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, and any other course is in vain” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 91).

Jesus Christ is our perfect example. When we are baptized, we show that we believe in Him and want to follow Him.

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