TEXT: Matthew 3: 16-17.
OUTLINE: Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan.
CONTENT: Jesus went from Galilee to Jordon to be baptized by John the Baptist. John’s baptism however, was for repentance, but Jesus was sinless. He wanted to show his humanity side, for he came to represent sinful humanity, just as He was to fulfill prophesy by dying on a cross. At the baptism the spirit of God descended as a dove saying,” This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”.
Through the efforts of Jesus fulfilling every desire his father had for him, He opened the way of the Kingdom; 2 Corinthians 5: 21. God subjected His son to the sin of the world; Jesus suffered death and humiliation, on a shameful cross. Thus God was well pleased with him.
We can never be like Jesus and his attributes but we could do much for others in return.
God blesses us not only for ourselves, but so we can bless others.
Jesus came to live among us to understand our human nature; He came to heal diseases, our sin and unrighteousness. As Christians we must change and be better than we were before; many resolutions do not last; we must be better representatives of the Kingdom, living examples of who God wants us to be.
Is God well pleased with us? Our mission field is here, we can do something for God so He can bless us. Love should move us to action, so we too can please God.
THOUGHT: Dear Lord help us to walk closer to you, so we will be careful to please you in all that we do.
Rev. Edward L. Jenkins Sr.