The baptism of Jesus is recorded in all four gospels. This sort of agreement is referred to as a ‘harmony of the gospels’.
The baptism is an event that is very important in Jesus’ ministry. In this story we see clearly the relationship between Father and Son and the use of the title ‘Son of God’.
The events that occurred in Jesus’ baptism are all signs of God’s presence.
Jesus was God’s son, so he was sinless and there was no need for him to receive forgiveness. John tried to refuse to baptise Jesus saying that it was he, John, who should be baptised by Jesus.
Jesus’ baptism was also an opportunity to show his authority as God confirmed he was His Son.
Jesus was baptised as an adult
Some Christian churches still hold to this custom today. This is so that the adult chooses a Christian way of life and will follow it – eg believers’ baptism.
Roman Catholics are baptised as babies to remove the stain of original sin and to welcome the child into the Christian community. The child then grows up in the faith of the community and makes their sacraments.