Short answer: To inaugurate His mission to take on the sins of the world by identifying with all sinners and their sins.
What is amazing about this?
- There is a preconceived plan for the Incarnation; Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit have developed a plan to deal with our sins.
- The Baptism was something planned for a very long time; Isaiah some 700 years earlier predicts that John the Baptist will be born (Mal 3;1-4) and that the Suffering Servant will bear Man’s sins (Isa 53).
- Jesus, the Son of God, being totally righteous, would agree to be baptized like a common sinner.
Longer (and very comprehensive) answer by Jimmy Akins called “Why was Jesus Baptized?”, see below:
What happens when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ walks through New York City.
“If we can remember that God is tender, tried and true, triumphant and trustworthy, we can be well assured that greater serenity will be ours. This serenity is crucial for us who would fight the battles necessary today. Serenity will preserve us from wild flaying actions, and imprudent and hasty actions. Serenity helps us to be well rested, even in the storm, as was Jesus in the boat on the storm-tossed sea. Having rebuked the storm he turns to his disciples as asks, “Why were you afraid?””
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is always here, always available and always willing to give us the peace and joy He promises. Trust Him and ask Him to help you! He will!
In today’s Gospel from the Mass (Luke 5:12-16), there is an astounding account of one of the times that Jesus heals a Leper (warning, at the bottom of this post is an image of leprosy). From the Gospel of Luke:
 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”  And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.  And he charged him to tell no one; but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”  But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities.  But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.
The actions of Jesus are absolutely astounding for a number of reasons: (more…)
Danielle Rose sings her beautiful song, “See You in the Eucharist” from her album “Pursue Me.”
 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country.  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read;  and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
 And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  And he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.
From this, it is clear that Jesus Christ was a PR (public relations) Genius (more…)
But many men today are blind to the awesomeness of Jesus’ Divine Brilliance, so it’s not a surprise that many men are casual in their faith.
It’s easy for men to miss just how awesome Jesus Christ is because of the difficulty in understanding what is happening in the historical context of the Gospels and being able to relate the events of the Gospel to modern times.
Here is one way to begin to open one’s self up to cooperate with the Grace of Christ and re-ignite one’s hunger for faith: Begin to read scripture with the belief and intent to see the awesomeness of Jesus.
Some interesting insights from Jesus’ early years.
“the light of Christ is so clear and strong that it makes the language of the cosmos and of the Scriptures intelligible, so that all those who, like the Magi, are open to the truth can recognize it and join in contemplating the Savior of the world.”