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Psalm 118 & Matthew 4:13-17

Rev. Con January 25, 2015 Sermons No comments

Matthew 3:13-17 the Baptism of Jesus

Then 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 alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

The significance of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus?

So far we have seen the role of John the Baptist as one of proclamation and the heralding of a great spiritual revival to the nation of Israel.

  • John’s baptism was one of repentance and a changed life that this repentance brings.
  • He clearly proclaimed the one who would come.

Verse 11-12: I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

He spoke of one who would come who would also baptise, this time not with water but with the Holy Spirit. He describes the one who will come:

  1. More powerful- with authority and Magestic!
  2. He will baptise with the Holy Spirit and fire
  3. Clean up, gathering the wheat and burning up the chaff

An awesome picture of the Lord Jesus and of that which will eventually come.

John’s Baptism was the sign, preparing the nation for the Messiah and presenting the Christ to the world.

John is adamant that the one coming, the Lord Jesus has power and authority! We sometimes forget who the Lord Jesus is. He is not just the Messiah, He is not just Jesus. He is the Lord!

Here is what the author of Hebrews says about the Lord Jesus:

Hebrews 1:2-3
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

  1. The universe was made through Him
  2. He is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of God
  3. Sustains all things through His powerful word

The Apostle Paul understood this when he wrote to the Colossians:

Colossians 1:15-16
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

  1. The image of the invisible God
  2. First born of all creation (The resurrection)
  3. All things were created through Him
  4. Whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities
  5. All things are for Him

Matthew 3:13-17 the Baptism of Jesus

Then 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 alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Why was the Lord Jesus baptised?

Did He need to repent? John was shocked at the prospect of baptising the Lord. The Lord Jesus did not need to repent.

1 Peter 2:22
WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH

2 Corinthians 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

1 John 3:5
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

The Lord Jesus was baptised because it was the Father’s will. The Lord Jesus was baptised as a sign of credibility- the scene is set- God the Father will now speak, remember last week I said that for 400 years there was silence, then there was John the Baptist.

Two more witnesses to proclaim the Son of God to the Nation and to the World.

  1. Prophesy: This is what the Lord Jesus said about the OT prophecy: John 5:39-47 (CEV) 39 You search the Scriptures, because you think you will find eternal life in them. The Scriptures tell about me, 40 but you refuse to come to me for eternal life. 41 I don’t care about human praise, 42 but I do know that none of you love God. 43 I have come with my Father’s authority.
  2. John the Baptist
  3. The Holy Spirit: “He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove”
  4. God the Father; “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Hebrews 1:1,2
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”

In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.

We are living in the last days, and the Lord Jesus speaks today.

  1. He speaks in the events of History
  2. He speaks through His Word
  3. He speaks through the life and testimony of His people, the Church

When I was a young Christian I would often hear the comment; “If you want to know what God is like, look at the life of the Lord Jesus, what he said and what He did”.

I don’t think that I fully understood what this meant- It was not till years later.

As we read through the Gospels, Matthew Mark Luke and John we are given a 3D picture of the Lord Jesus and God the Father’s plan.

  1. We see His love
  2. His compassion
  3. His righteousness (in the right sense)
  4. His righteousness (in the right sense)
  5. His ability to get to heart of the matter

As the angle proclaimed:
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21
As we read through the Gospels we see a Jesus who wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives as He knocks at the door of our hearts. Let Me in He says.

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