Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism is the moment you are declare to the whole church that you are a new person, ‘I belong to Jesus!’ So why did Jesus choose to be baptized? He wanted to identify with us as humans, to be with us in our humanity. Jesus’ love is rooted in His humility. He wanted to declare that He will obey His Father, to be subjected to God’s will. When we are baptized we humble ourselves–saying ‘I surrender to God’. When you humble yourself before God is the moment when you are empowered to do great things.