I've heard and read the story of Christ's baptism many times, but for some reason this thought recently struck me. Why was this baptism so very important? It must have HUGE significance or else God wouldn't have spoken from heaven (something he did again when Christ was on the mount of transfiguration.) I know the baptism was an act showing his obedience to the cross. Is that really all, though? God didn't speak from heaven when Christ turned the water to wine, raised Lazarus, or healed the sick. Any ideas on why Christ's baptism was of such importance?