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#21236 Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:52 AM
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The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, [2] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, [3] with whom I am well pleased.”

Who is the "us" in Jesus' statement?


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The [hemin] "for us" here focuses on John and Jesus, who in this event have a unique function to fulfill -- “to fulfill all righteousness,” that is, everything that forms part and parcel of a relationship of obedience to God. Thus, Jesus identifies with and endorses John’s ministry as divinely ordained and his message as needing to be heeded. Righteousness is a key concept in Matthew (7 occurrences) and is closely associated with the coming of the kingdom (5:6, 10), etc.


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