TEXT: Matthew 3:13-17
In verse 13 of Matthew 3, we see the fulfillment of John's preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand and that people needed to confess their sins, repent, and begin living righteously in order to be prepared to receive it. We do not know how long John preached, but it was likely a few months. One day, as he was preaching and baptizing, Jesus came "from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him." Knowing what we know about Jesus now, His coming to John to be baptized seems strange to us. Some commentators have noted that among some early Christians, when the faith was being attacked by Jews who argued that Jesus was not divine, the baptism of Jesus was viewed almost with embarrassment. It was something they didn't want to talk about much, because the perfect, holy Son of God had taken part in a baptism meant for those who had sins to confess.