Jesus Goes Public

GUWG-Baptism-DoveWe kicked off the new year here on GUWG with our official 2016 resolution:

KNOW JESUS MORE NOW

To help make that happen, this year on GUWG we’re examining every single syllable uttered by Jesus in the Gospels. We’ll start at the beginning and work our way chronologically to his very last words from the Cross.

Today’s topic: Jesus’ Baptism.

John the Baptist was making a big splash baptizing people in the River Jordan. But everything changed when Jesus came on the scene:

Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

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 lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)

The whole family was there to kick off Jesus’ public ministry: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This auspicious occasion was a really very incredibly extremely big deal for at least four reasons:

  1. It graphically demonstrated that Jesus identifies with us sinful creatures.
  2. It affirmed that he is God’s Son with a declaration straight from heaven.
  3. It foreshadowed his death, burial and resurrection.
  4. It gave his followers a model to follow for ages to come.

BIG Questions

So, let’s address the two questions we’re asking at each step in our journey:

Who exactly is Jesus? God’s much-loved Son who in turn loves us so much that he’s willing to bear our sins so we don’t have to.

What exactly does he want us to do? Die to sin and rise to life with him.

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