The Civil Writer Magazine

(In the Christian Church) the religious rite of sprinkling water onto a person's forehead or of immersion in water, symbolized an act of obedience, symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. A mikvah (Jewish baptism) is a pool of water — some of it from a natural source — in which observant married Jewish women are required to dip once a month, seven days after the end of their menstrual cycle (Leviticus 15:19-24) or for Jewish men to achieve ritual purity after ejaculation or coming in contact with a menstruating woman; but not for forgiveness of sins that's what the temple was for. What was Jesus's baptism for in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The temple existed for the forgiveness of sins. Besides there were no resurrections to symbolize a baptism at that time.

Matthew 3:13-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son , whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Jesus and John The Baptist were not baptized for the forgiveness of sins according to Jewish law. They were being ritually cleansed from either having sex or being near an unclean woman. John the Baptist was married to Elizabeth. According to the New Testament, Elizabeth was a relative of Mary the mother of Jesus. Jesus however was not married but he could be in the presence of many unclean women in the crowds.

Christianity didn't exist in 30-33AD at the time of Jesus's and John the Baptist's baptism. Mikvah (baptism) certainly wasn't for the forgiveness of sins at no time. The temple was the place for the forgiveness and atonement from sins. In the Temple times, an important part of atonement was normally a sacrifice brought to the Temple but had nothing to do with water baptism. Jesus wasn't being forgiven for sins and neither was John the Baptist unless they went to the temple for that reason. Mikvah (baptism) was for cleansing purposes only before entering the temple and not for atonement from sins. The question is, what were they both being cleansed from being submerged into water? The only reasonable Jewish law explanation is Leviticus 15:19-24.