Fulfill All Righteousness

By Jaz Buchanan
January 9, 2020 - 9:34am

This Sunday, we will remember Matthew’s account of Jesus’s baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), together. If you have ever asked yourself, why did Jesus need to be baptized when he is the son of God? You are not alone! I ask myself that, too.

I do not have the answer, but as I prepare a message for all of us to engage with and think about, I think Jesus’s baptism boils down to humility. Perhaps, even more importantly, his baptism serves as a reminder that God does not expect us to strive for perfection or to be perfect.

When Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized, John stopped and asked Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” In response, Jesus says, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Matthew is the only Gospel that includes this dialogue between John and Jesus…

So, what is Jesus talking about? What does he mean, “fulfill all righteousness”? What does fulfilling all righteousness mean for us, today, in our own lives and in our life as a church community?

I look forward to thinking through these questions with you on Sunday. Until then, may the peace of Christ and love of God be with you always.

With love,


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