Week 7 of 52 Weeks of Devotionals by Shelia~s Notes
We have talked at great lengths in the previous weeks about how Jesus Christ is prophesied throughout the OT. Jesus is in every book of the Bible. How awesome is that?
Last week I jumped right into why Jesus came to earth. He was rich but He became poor for our sake. He came to save the lost world of humanity. He came to teach us what we are to do to obey. He came to seek and save the lost. He came to be our Passover sacrifice as we learned earlier. He came to fulfill the prophecy of God. These are some of the reasons He came.
This week we will look at His Baptism.
What does Jesus’ baptism say about the importance of obedience and of baptism?
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus was without sin but He did the will of His Father by being baptized. We are taught what to do to have our sins forgiven in Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We are to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. This is what we must do to be obedient to the will of God.
Jesus learned the Obedience. Hebrews 5:8-9 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
Jesus lived, suffered and died as a man to show us what obedience to God looks like. Jesus did not have to be baptized for the forgiveness of sin. He had no sin. He was baptized to fulfill the righteousness of God’s will.
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves not having been baptized by John. Their hearts were too stubborn to obey.
Jesus’ baptism fulfilled the appearance of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in one spot of time. This is a huge statement and witness of the power and might of God.
As we read in Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
- Jesus was baptized
- The Holy Spirit came in the bodily form of a dove,
- The Father spoke from heaven.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three distinct Beings.
God miraculously demonstrated Jesus’ special nature when Jesus was born. He again demonstrated Jesus’ special character at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
Jesus and His disciples taught us what we must do to obey and be saved through Jesus Christ precious blood.
- I must Hear the saving message of Christ’s Sacrifice. Romans 10:17, 1 Cor. 1:18
- I must Believe Jesus is the Son of God. John 8:24, Hebrews 11:6
- I must Confess Christ as my Lord. Matthew 10:32-33, Romans 10:9-11
- I must Repent of my sinful conduct. Luke 13:3-5, Acts 17:30
- I Must be Baptized for the Forgiveness of my sins. Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16
- I must Teach others the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:20
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