was late August of 29AD when Jesus came down from his hometown of Nazareth in Galilee into Judah to be baptised by John in the Jordan River. When John recognised his cousin among the crowds of people who were being baptised, he tried to prevent him by saying, “Why are you coming to me to be baptised? You are the most righteous man I know, surely I am the one who needs to be baptised by you.”


No one knows for sure the exact date Jesus was baptised but the 29th August 29AD fits so nicely it would have to be one of the first dates choosen. Here are some of the reason why:

  • 29th August is the 1 Elul in 29AD which is also the day that Jews begin their 40 days of fasting that culminates at Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).
  • The start of Jesus’ 40 day fast coincides with the exact day Moses began his 40 day fast when he went up Mt Sinai to get the Ten Commandments for the second time.
  • Jesus is still 30 years old (Luke 3:23).
  • Yom Kippur is the day God deals with the accusations of the devil which happens to be the same day Jesus successfully deals with all of satan’s accusations.
  • The devil tempts Jesus to throw himself from the temple, the very act the priests perform on Yom Kippur to the scapegoat which is taken out into the desert and thrown off a cliff.
  • Yom Kippur in 29AD was the last time the Yom Kippur miracles occurred. Jesus’ public ministry was yet to begin but it would only be days before the Jewish leaders began to reject John’s message of repentance and his announcement that the Messiah had now arrived. As a result God rejected their offerings.
  • God has a habit of fulfilling prophecy and repeating cycles on significant dates in the Jewish calendar.