When John the Baptist was surprised that Jesus came to him for baptism, Jesus replied, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Matt. 3:15). Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross was to “demonstrate His RIGHTEOUSNESS…that He (God) might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:26-27). “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Clearly Jesus Christ came as the substitute for sinners from His baptism even to His death so that RIGHTEOUSNESS may be conveyed to all. He is “the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
He provides this RIGHTEOUSNESS as a gift, “Not by works of RIGHTEOUSNESS which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit which He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5). His baptism, life, and death on the cross was to fulfill all RIGHTEOUSNESS.
In our baptism He covers us with His RIGHTEOUSNESS: “All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this Good News. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.