In the Old Testament, in 2nd Kings 5:  9-13,   we read of Naaman, a  Syrian general with leprosy who was told about the prophet, Elisha, in Isreal who might be able to obtain healing for him.   Naaman had a lot of wealth and power.., and held a high office in Syria.. so when he went with his assigned men to Jerusalem, he came with his chariots and horses..

Regardless of the fact that he held such high prestige, and that it would have made the prophet look good to have such an honorable guest., Elisha  was not led to come out of his home to greet him, but was led to give directions to a messanger to relay to Naaman as to what God required him to do in order to be healed of his leprosy.     This, of course, offended Naaman, who felt that he deserved far more honor and courtesy than that..  at least the prophet could have come out of his home to greet him.   To make matters even worse,  he was highly offended that the instructions were for him to dip himself  7 times  in the muddy Jordan River.., especially when there were much cleaner rivers available, and after all…  he is a Syrian general..  who does this prophet think he is dealing with?

Naaman almost turned his horses and chariots around to leave, when one of his servants reasoned with him , saying, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!  , and so, Naaman thought about it for a bit, and realized that his servant made a good point.  What did he have to lose anyway.,  Against his personal preferences,  he obeyed and  dipped himself seven times in the Jordan river, and came out healed.


(“…So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”)

Centuries later, another Man dipped Himself into the muddy Jordan River..   This Man also holds a high “office”., .. in fact, this Man is a King.. of all Kings., yet this Man did not come to the Jordan River in fine horses and chariots.  He came by foot and stood in line to wait His turn behind others being dipped in the Jordan.    He did not balk or complain about having to step into dirty water, and be submerged in baptism.   Yes, there were far pristine rivers for Him to be baptized in..   and even John the Baptist tried to discourage Him.    “I need to be baptized by You, and yet you come to me?”, John said to Him.    Yet Jesus gently replied, ” Suffer it to be so for now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.”

So in both portions of the Scripture , we see the contrast in humility between someone of this World in high position, who was incredibly offended in being directed to dip himself in the Jordan River.,    and Someone of the Highest Office.. not of this World,. a King of all Kings.., of every Universe , yet He graciously, humbly waited His turn to be completely submerged in the muddy Jordan River.. even though He didn’t HAVE to , but because He wanted to obey the Father in every way.

This Man., this King in Exile, offers mankind the crystal clear, pristine Living Waters of the River of Life, yet He, Himself.. to fulfill all the Father’s Righteousness, willingly allowed John the Baptist to submerge Him in the muddy Jordan River without complaint.    What a study in Contrasts between Jesus’s humility and inner nature compared with the ruler’s of this World!