Summary of passage: Jesus went to John the Baptist on the Jordan River and asked to be baptized. John protested but in the end consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, heaven opened up and the Spirit of God descended and said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
12a) “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
b) The Spirit came down from heaven as a dove.
c) “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
13a) Confess their sins
b) Jesus never sinned.
c) Personal Question. My answer: As an example to us humans what we are to do. Jesus came to earth to not only save us from our sins and grant us eternal life with the Father but to show us how to live by his example. We are to be baptized as an outward sign of our belief in Jesus; thus, he did it as well.
Jesus was identifying with us.
Only in Matthew is it recorded why Jesus said he needed to be baptized “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
You could also say this was a symbolic end to Jesus’ old life and the beginning or birth of his new life because he began his ministry after being baptized.
Conclusions: Wish this was a bit more challenging but maybe it’s supposed to be a simple passage. Did enjoy the different versions and it was interesting how God’s words are recorded the exact same in each passage. Shows the importance of what God says.
Note also this is one place we see the Trinity all together: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.