In his July 6th ,2014 message titled , " Mark the Man-Mark the Message " , David Jeremiah says ; " Jesus is baptized to identify with us as sinners . " But this is what the Bible says about Jesus identifying himself with sinners ; " By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament ... For such an high priest became us , who is holy , harmless , undefiled , separate from sinners , and made higher than the heavens ; who needeth not daily , as those high priests , to offer up sacrifice , first for his own sins , and then for the peoples'; for this he did once when he offered up himself . "
Jesus was born sinless and remained so until he became sin for us on the cross . His submission to John the Baptist's baptism did not at all enable him to identify with sin . That public act was an act of total submission to God , as was his baptism of drinking from the cup of his Father's wrath . Jesus needed no repentance or cleansing from sin when he requested John submerge him in the river Jordan . The Holy Spirit did not visibly land upon any one else during John's baptisms .
This is what Matthew 12:18 says what happened when Jesus came up out of the water ; " Behold my servant , whom I have chosen ; my beloved , in whom my soul is well pleased ; I will put my spirit upon him , and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles . " Matthew 3:13-17 says this regarding that instance ; " Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him . But John forbad him saying , I have need to be baptized of thee , and comest thou to me ? And Jesus answered said unto him , Suffer it to be so now : for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness . Then he suffered him . And Jesus , when he was baptized went up straightway out of the water , and lo , the heavens were opened unto him , and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove , and lighting upon him . And a voice from heaven saying , " This is my beloved Son , in whom I am well pleased . " John the Baptist actually saw this and was told by God that he would be able to recognize God's only Son when he saw this happen . Jesus' baptism fulfilled the prophecy of Psalm 2:7 which says ; " I will declare the decree : the LORD hath said unto me , Thou art my Son ; this day have I begotten thee ." It also fulfilled Isaiah 42 :1 which reads ; " Behold my servant , whom I uphold , mine elect , in whom my soul delighteth ; I have put my spirit upon him : he shall bring forth judgment to the gentiles . This was the fulfillment of Isaiah 11:2 which says ; " And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding , the spirit of counsel and might , the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD . " At his baptism God publicly honored and glorified his Son . God did not make this proclamation about any other person who had been baptized before that .
Jesus could sympathize , (but not empathize with ), sinners because he was tempted in all points like as we are , yet without sin when he was tempted in the wilderness . On the cross , he who knew no sin became sin so that those who would believe in him might be made the righteousness of God in him . But Jesus did not identify with sinners as a sinner at his baptism .On the contrary , Jesus was baptized so that sinners might identify with him . Again , Dr. Jeremiah's typical misrepresentation of God's word is deceptive brainwashing . He also later said in this sermon ; " Jesus is baptized to have solidarity with the sinners for whom he would eventually die . " His continuous use of communist buzzwords comes as no surprise . And he likened John the Baptist to a hippie in this sermon too . Hippies were for the most part pot smokers . Had David Jeremiah been living in the time of John the Baptist , and had John heard him make that slanderous statement , he would probably have rightly called him the son of a snake . The Bible says that " a man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject , knowing that he that is such is subverted , and sinneth being condemned of himself . " Many others beside myself say mark this man and avoid him , as well as all television ministries .