Baptism and Temptation


Matthew 3:13-4:17

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” 15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.[a]” So John agreed to baptize him.

16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened[b] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Matthew 4

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 3 During that time the devil[c] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[d]

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’[e]

7 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’[f]

8 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.9 “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the LORD your God
and serve only him.’[g]

11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

The Ministry of Jesus Begins

12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,
beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,
in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,
16 the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.”[h]

17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[i]

 

Baptism and Temptation two very important things in the life of Jesus.  Verse  17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. How beautiful is that verse.  Here is God talking about his Son, His Son that He loved so much he sent Him to Earth to take away our sins.

If truth be told I never really paid much attention to baptism until my children were baptized.  There is just something that moves you so to watch your children, your own gift from God, becoming members of God’s family. You can feel your spirit soar inside. I also became active in our churches baptism services.  We have a team of people who serve as hosts to the family who are having a child baptized.  It is a blessing I never could imagine to be present when so many children are baptized. We also honor the anniversary of each childs baptism in our Sunday School classes, to let the kids remember how important baptism is, in the life of  a Christian.

The other theme in these verses is temptation. Temptation is all around us. Jesus is showing us here how He with stood temptation and how He then went on to preach about repentance.  Verse 10   ‘You must worship the LORD your God 
      and serve only him.’[g]

This is such a big deal because sometimes we fall into thinking oh I worship God and only God, I’m doing what I should. We forget how we fall into worshiping other things instead- tv, money, work, gambling, internet, etc.  Am I worshiping God to the fullest if I am on Facebook instead of prayer, if I am trying to solve my own issues instead of turning to prayer, if I am worried about money and buying things instead of reading my Bible, if I am worrying instead of trusting God.  So how is my worshiping now when I get distracted by the world? I have some big issues with putting pray off or falling asleep when I should be praying, of trying to solve my problems, of sleeping in instead of starting the day with prayer, which I know helps. So how do I get on track? How do we all get on track? How do we step back and start doing it right? We take it day by day, each day God let’s us start over and start again,with the hope that we will get it right.  He loves us and forgives us and wants us to come to Him for everything. So here’s to a new tomorrow.

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