Who was John the Baptist to Jesus?
The Jordan River Photo graciously provided by Kim Frazor.
John the Baptist
Jordan RiverJohn was reluctant to baptize Jesus, for he said "I have need to be baptized by you." John knew that Jesus was the son of God. Jesus had no need to be forgiven of sins because he was sinless.
Knowing John's reluctance, Jesus told him, "It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." So John obeyed Jesus and baptized him in the Jordan River.
When Jesus came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove, and the voice of God spoke from Heaven, saying