Why was Christ baptized?
In order for me to answer this question, I must first state that there came a necessity for a new covenant when the old covenant was broken. Yes, father Yah/God is never changing, but he wasn’t the one to break the covenant; it was man who broke the covenant. Same law, new covenant.
Let’s review covenant from the perspective of a contract so it can be more easily perceived.
Now, laws are a system of rules, and in the realm of monetary exchange, the rule has always been, goods and services in exchange for a treasure that is equal to the marketplace value of the product. The only variable is the market, but the market does not change the rule that a treasure has to be exchanged, it only changes the amount of the exchange. It is the eCommerce version of exception proving a rule exist.
Let’s say you’re renting a house, and it requires that you sign and agree to a 12 month contract for $1000 per month.
Law: Monetary exchange
Goods & services: House
Variable: Housing market
A series of unfortunate events causes you to lose your job, rendering you unable to afford what you could afford when you initially agreed to the contract. You losing your job is not the owner’s problem, and he’ll expect his rent in full as long as he’s upholding his end of the contract, which is providing living arrangements for you. You end up violating your contract because you’re unable to pay, and end up going into the next month $1000 in debt due to not paying the previous month’s rent. The owner knows that the eviction process takes time and out of pocket expenses; and he’s already looking at a $1000 dollar deficit. So, he sees it best to renegotiate a new contract, ONLY under the constituents that the renter finds someone with top tier financial, credit, and rental requirements to act as a cosigner. The new contract can only be initiated once the cosigner pays off the owed debt.
The law of monetary exchange remains intact. However, the stipulation of the contract can only change after the cosigner pays off the outstanding balance from the old contract. This is why Christ said, I have not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill itMatthew 5:17. Christ paid the debt by fulfilling the law so that the stipulations of the contract can be changed to include him as a cosigner. WORK MUST STILL BE DONE. CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS MUST STILL BE MET, ACCORDING TO THE LAW.
Goods & services: Eternal
Treasure: Soul (Matthew 22:21)
Now let’s take the word, ‘fulfill’ and understand this aspect…
It is the responsibility of the strong to carry the burden of the weak. The weak FULFILL the necessity of the strong. How will the strong know its strength without the weak? And, how can the weak stand without the strong?
1st Corinthians 1:25 says the weakness of God is stronger than man.
That weakness is Christ, because he became flesh, and the flesh is weak. However, though Christ endured the weakness of flesh, he still did what no other man was able to do, making him stronger than man, as the scripture, 1st Corinthians 1:25 says. So, Christ is God’s weakness, which fulfills God’s strength, which is his law.
Now since we’ve identified Christ as God’s weakness, let’s make some parallels.
God speaks in a spiritual language, so he gives man physical reference points to be able to comprehend. To comprehend God’s weakness, God gave us women; for she is the weaker vessel 1st Peter 3:7. To comprehend a woman’s nature, God gave us earth, which is Mother Nature. But the particular element that applies here is water.
The significance of water is a glossed over aspect of the Bible by many teachers, even though in the beginning God hovered over the face of the waters Genesis 1:2. It was an aspect that I will be referencing fairly often in many of my upcoming works (eBooks, books, articles, videos, etc).
God hovered over the face of the waters and out of darkness came light.
Water breaks when a woman gives birth, and out of the darkness of the womb, life emerges into the light of the earth.
In the book of Exodus, Moses parted the red sea so that the children of Israel can pass through and out of bondage.
Therefore, water represents renewal.
John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament’s prophet’s and baptizing Christ with water symbolized a renewal, or renegotiation of the contract.