I jumped ahead of myself when I went on to the Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. So lets go back a few chapters to see what else Jesus has to say.
Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV)
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 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:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:13-17 (ESV)
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Notice Christ Jesus tells John the Baptist to suffer it to be so for now to fulfill all righteousness. See Jesus did things during His time on earth that were not necessary for Him to do, just to do what was expected. Jesus had no need of baptism for the repentance of sin.
Because John was saying “I baptize you with water for repentance,…” (Matthew 3:11)
If there is no sin, why must Jesus be baptized? John tries to talk Jesus out of baptism, because Jesus was not a sinner.
To fulfill all righteousness.
Notice also that Jesus was baptized by a sinner. This is a rebuke to those who feel that unless you are baptized by the “right” individual your baptism doesn’t count.
Also contrary to some false teachings Jesus did not become God upon being baptized but His baptism was in order to fulfill the righteous requirements, despite the fact that Jesus did not need baptism.
Notice that in Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist admits that his Baptism is a picture of a mightier Baptism still to come with Fire and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 3:11 (ESV) “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
But even so Jesus says to suffer it to be so for now until He has fulfilled all righteousness. But after the resurrection the mightier Baptism was received.
Acts 11:15-16 (ESV)
15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.
16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 2:3 (ESV) And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
But Jesus was numbered with the sinners, identified with them in every step.
Isaiah 53:12 (ESV) Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Not only that but He became sin for us and humbled Himself unto the cross.
Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Christ gave up much in order to do what He must do to fulfill all righteousness. Even being bound by the laws of the physical flesh, the Law of Moses, submission to the Pharisees and the Roman government.