Jesus is baptised – why?

I remember visiting this site some years ago, but what I recall is the question that I am most often challenged to answer than the details of the geography or “sense of place.”

The question arises again this Sunday as the season of Epiphany leads us to ponder the events surrounding Jesus’ baptism. Why did Jesus compel John to baptise him? Was it even necessary? John baptised people for the “remission of sin” – a kick in the pants that turned them towards embracing the reign of God. Jesus was the epitome of those who were oriented this way – so no wonder John balked at his request, wishing to submit to being baptised by Jesus instead.

So why?

Jesus’ enigmatic answer is that his baptism was necessary “to fulfill all righteousness.”  And indeed it was sealed by divine signs of approval in the dove and the Voice. Read the whole account here. But what does “to fulfill all righteousness” mean? If we can find a satisfying answer to this, we have answered the opening question.

I won’t go into it here but I think the answer is more widely focused than what Christology (theology of the person of Jesus) – as important as it is – can answer. Somehow it catches up John, the popular movement that surrounded him, the story of Israel, the role Jesus is now beginning to play and an invitation that bridges cultures and millenia. Hopefully I’ll work it out by Sunday!

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Okay Boomer - that I am. But not one of them know-it-all ones! Still learning that the more I know, the more I have yet to learn. What I do know, however, I know well.

4 thoughts on “Jesus is baptised – why?

  1. A new development in anthropology research has revealed that nations hallowed virgin land according to a specific matrix. One aspect of the matrix is mnemonic proportions of proportional size of earth and the sun’s biosphere. See http://www.peturhalldorsson.com/cosmos_all.html (and klick on any country)
    Further more, the Hebrew Image of Creation recently discovered in the Holy Land, which was 216000 feet across, when compared to the Image of Creation found in Iceland and 10 other countries, seems to have beennthe base of their initial cultural habitats
    In the Holy land these are its main features:

    1. Thridrangur was equivalent to Lachish.
    In ancient time Lachish was an important city in Juda, seccond only to Jerusalem. Lachish, was a fortress protecting the approaches to Jerusalem, it was the TRIPPLEROCK, the Fore-Sight, that ruled the very location of the Hebrew settlement in the Holy Land. Lachish is associated with the number 3 in many ways.

    2. The Primeval Hill, Bergthorshvoll was equivalent to Bayt Jibrin.
    The early inhabitants of Bayt Jibrin are believed to have been the Canaanites. The Romans conquered the town after the First Jewish-Roman War. It became a Roman colony and a major administrative center under the name of Eleutheropolis (“city of the free”). After that it was conquered by Muslims, the Crusaders, the Mamluks and the Ottoman Turks.
    Septimius Severus, changed its name to Eleutheropolis, refounded the city, marking its founding day January 1, 200 as is depicted on its coins and inscriptions. It soon became one of the most important of Roman cities in Palestine. It became a central point from which distances of other towns were measured -and appearantly Time as well. In a Cosmic Image that is what Primeval Hills are destined to do.

    3. Steinkross was equivalent to Har HaMenuchot, “Mount of Rest”.
    The sacred center, the largest, oldest? cemetery in Jerusalem, with commanding views over the surrounding area.

    4. Stong was equivalent to Gilgal.
    Gilgal is measured from Lachish, through Har HaMenuchot, exactly 216000 feet. The Hebrew Bible mentiones Gilgal as circle of standing stones, and refers to the stone circle that is believed to have been there, perhaps of similar age as Avebury. The Book of Joshua states that the Israelites first camped at Gilgal after crossing the Jordan River. There, Joshua orderd the Israelites to take twelve stones from the river, one for each tribe, and place them there in memory of their old home and then orders the Israelites who had been born during the exodus to be circumcised.
    Adjacent to Gilgal is the village of Tomer, its ancient name is derived from a tower that Herod the Great built to symbolize the highest elevation of the sun as in the Cosmic Image´s; Stong, Avebury, Roding, (H)Ermenoneville, Marathon etc.
    Gilgal is a symbolic location given to the place of rest of both physical and spiritual Israel, to those who fought with the Lord upon his return. After slaying all of sinful humanity in the last battle, God’s remaining children return to Gilgal for rest in the eternal Light. As mentioned in Joshua´s text, the myth of Gilgal is analogous to the mighty sacred and natural number 144000 of the twelve tribes of Israel. In the area of Gilgal, Tomer and Phasaelis, the sun was worshiped with consummate skill for this place was the symbol of highest light just like in this location in other Cosmic Images of the World.

    5. Godasteinn was equivalent to The Dead Sea.
    Realm of cold and darkness in the Cosmic Image. The symbolic advent to Death on the Wheel of Time, The Dead Sea.

    6. Skalholt is equivalent to Lod.
    Opposide the Dead Sea on the Cosmic Image, at a distance of 216000 feet is the city of Lod, the symbolic advent to mightiest light. Pottery finds date the city’s initial settlement to 5600–5250 BCE. The earliest written record is in a list of towns in Canaan drawn up by the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III in 1465 BCE. From the 5th century BCE until the Roman conquest, the city was a well-known centre of Jewish scholars and mentioned several times in the Bible as one of the cities whose inhabitants returned to after the Babylonian captivity.
    Nearby town, Bareket, was initially named Kfar Halutzim (Pioneers’ Village) and then Tirat Yehuda Bet (after nearby Tirat Yehuda), before adopting its current name. Like Nofekh and Ahlama (the former name of Beit Arif), the name relates to one of the 12 stones in the Hoshen, the sacred breastplate worn by a Jewish high priest.

    7. Helgafell was equivalent to Church of the Nativity.
    One of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world, built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam.

    8. Thrihyrningur was equivalent to Wadi alAris.
    According to the symbolism of Cosmic Image this spot, 18250 feet east of the Church of the Nativity, holds any or all of these symbols; Fire, Gold, Tedron and a New Day.

    9. Hof was equivalent to Nahalin.
    A Palestinian village located 18250 feet west of the Church of the Nativity. The oldest remains found in the village date back to the Iron Age. Other remains date from the post-Babylonian Exile Period, and the Middle Ages. The symbolic place of Law and Order in the CI. The word nahaleen is Arabic for those who collect honey from bees. Honey bees are the makers of exquisite natural hexagons.

    Jesus birth and babtism is to be expected to follow the rules of a Cosmic Image’ sun watch.
    For further information see my webside: http://www.peturhalldorsson.com

    Petur

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  2. Petur,

    I am impressed with the detail with which you seek to illustrate the uniformity in the mapping of sacred spaces. Do you have an insight into how this applies to Jesus’ reported response to John in this account (i.e. “to fulfill all righteousness”)?

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  3. Hello Pilgrim
    A measured area as the initial habitat of a country is found in many countries all over the world. It is of same size, often on flatland, mostly deltas. Delta regions comprise extensive flatlands, formed over millions of years through the accumulation of thick layers of sediment carried there by major river systems. The soil on these flatlands is fertile, there is easy access to good water and animals tend to gather there. On these choice lands for cultivation and farming are found evidence of mankind’s oldest settlements, with the images’ of creation apparently marked in the land in identical manner. They were 216000 feet in diameter, about 66 km and appear to have been measured from southwest to northeast, –from a landmark (primeval hill) associated with the darkest day of winter, to a place associated with the brightest day of summer. A line was similarly measured from a point associated with the first day of winter and located east from the primeval hill, to one associated with the first day of summer in the northwest. These two axes crossed at the center of an Image of Creation, making for a holy ground, usually a cemetery (http://www.peturhalldorsson.com/whats-sacredcenter.html).
    At the center a land area was marked, commensurate with the horizon of Man. It was at once a circle and a square. The center area was about 11 km in diameter. (http://www.peturhalldorsson.com/cosmos_all.html -klick on any country).

    Jesus’ beautilul myth was written into this concept of ancient ideas to fit perfectly. (Download: Cosmic Image 216 in the Holy Land: http://www.peturhalldorsson.com/papers.html).
    He was the “New Light”, born in the monger of Capricorn at the darkest -or shortest day in the southwest* (Note) of the Image of Creation. He was babtised at the opposite side on the Image of Creation where the sun was at its highest elevation “to fulfill all righteousness”. 216000 feet northeast of the Primeval hill Jesus’ mission was compleeted. He had to die at a ripe age in the beginning of summer on easter.

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  4. PS.
    From the very first, Man has sought to subject his surroundings to measurements, to bring it within his mind’s grasp in a sense not unlike that when a painter attempts to recreate his vision on paper. Man’s first units of measurement were based on the proportions of the human body, which offered a comfortable resolution for a traveler who wished to understand what he saw.
    In Livio Catullo Stechini,s research into the measures of ancient Egypt, it was assumed that a Stadium (184.677m) corresponded to a double minute of a march, implying that a man made a step of 5 feet in a second.
    Man’s Image of Creation was an entity which measured 216000 feet in diameter. A healthy man can walk that distance in 12 hours (5 feet x 60 sec. x 60 min. x 12 h. = 216000). In this measure were combined the distance a healthy man could walk in 12 hours, one-half the duration of Earth’s rotation, and the diameter of Earth’s solar orbit, which is 216 solar diameters on the average.

    Whether it was articulated or not. In antiquity, basic unity was established between the size of Man and Earth, its distance from the Sun, and one day’s journey for Man through the proportions of the measured Image of Creation.

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