“Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”–Jesus
Let’s go back to the beginning of the words (or at least the record we have of them) of Jesus Christ.
We will begin with the book of Matthew. In Matthew the first recorded words of Jesus are “Let it be done so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
Jesus does not waste time. He knows that we are his partners. He knows that the Father’s purpose is the priority. And that purpose is the “fulfillment of righteousness”–or, as we see in this example, unification of God and man through humility and obedience.
Please the read the following excerpt from Matthew:
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
KEY WORDS TO NOTE: NOW, PROPER, US, FULFILL, RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Definitions according to Dictionary.com:
Adjective: 1.adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable:the proper time to plant strawberries.conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous: a very proper young man; the proper time to plant strawberries. 2.conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous:a very proper young man. 3.fitting; right: It was only proper to bring a gift. 4.strictly belonging or applicable:the proper place for a stove.5.belonging or pertaining exclusively or distinctly to a person, thing, or group.
- Jesus the oppositional character: Jesus (often) does the opposite of what humans (John) thinks he (Jesus) should do.
- Jesus the final authority: Jesus says when the time is right. He gives the command. It is “His call.”
- Jesus the embodiment of wisdom: Jesus knows the “When” and if it is “Now.” Jesus decides when it is a fitting (proper) time for a particular action.
- Jesus the man of action: Jesus knows when it is time to carry out a plan.
- Jesus, our partner: carries out His plans with US and we do it with HIM. We are in this together–with Jesus.
- Jesus the purpose: The purpose of the baptism is to fulfill the plan of Jesus being the justification for all of humanity–through authoritative humility.
- Jesus, the example of death to ego: Jesus had to show humility in order to exemplify is divine love. He had to show oneness with us at the beginning.
- This man, Jesus, I can trust!
- Jesus obeyed the Father, and John obeyed Jesus.
- Jesus and the Father are One. When we obey Jesus, we become One with the Trinity. This is living the Kingdom of God.