September 12, 2021

Do What Jesus Does

Do What Jesus Does

Matthew 3:13-17, The Message

13-14 Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!”
15 But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it.
16-17 The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”
  1. Jesus practices humility in opposition to those who operate with a haughty attitude.  The Pharisees and Sadducees are coming to spectate, Jesus is coming to the waters to participate.  
  2. Jesus persistently fulfils GOD’s purposes regardless as to the objections of a well-meaning John the Baptist; obedience to the will of GOD is central to the ministry of Jesus.  
  3. Jesus allows GOD’s pleasure and commendation to be his goal.  The voice of GOD is the final voice in the passage and GOD always has the final say.


Publish Date:

July 14, 2023