May 6, 2018
As we continue with the Life of Christ from "Did Jesus Just Happen", we begin this week discussing "The Ministry of Jesus".
There are many thing that can be presented on the life of Jesus during His earthly ministry, but I will relate two main aspects of the ministry; His Baptism and the Wilderness Temptation.
The first incident in the public ministry of Jesus was His baptism. John the Baptist had been preaching and baptizing in the Jordan River when Jesus appeared requesting baptism at the hands of John. Though John may not have recognized at this moment that this was the Christ of Prophecy, he did recognize something in this Man's appearance which was unlike all of the others who had come to him for baptism.
The baptism of John was a baptism of repentance. Men came confessing their sins, symbolizing their repentance in baptism. But John could detect no evidence of sin in Jesus, therefore, he could see no need of His being baptized. When Jesus requested baptism at his hands, John demurred, saying, "I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?" But Jesus answered John by saying, "Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness". With this insistence John yielded to the request of Jesus, taking Him into the Jordan River. Having thus been buried in the waters of the Jordan, Jesus was coming up out of the water when "the heavens were opened unto him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him". Then there came a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." John had baptized many people in the waters of this Jordan, but never had he experienced such as this. It was never to be a forgotten experience in the life of John . Here He baptized a Man who had no evidence of sin; here he had see the heavenly dove descending upon the unusual Man, and here he heard the identifying voice of the Heavenly Father, pointing out that this was His beloved Son. John witnessed the manifestation of the Trinity of the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit at the same time and place.
We will continue next week with the question, "Why did Jesus seek to be baptized?"
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor