John Baptises Jesus
Mark 1:9 CSB
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
Jesus grew up in Nazareth, where he had lived since he was a young boy (Matt 2:22-23). Nazareth was a small town in Galilee, located about halfway between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. The city was despised and avoided by many Jews.
Prejudice Of Nazareth
John 1:46 CSB
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered.
The Jews despised Nazareth because a Roman army garrison was located there. Some have speculated that an indifferent attitude or a poor reputation in morals and religion on the part of the people of Nazareth led to Nathanael’s harsh comment. Nathanael’s hometown was Cana, about four miles from Nazareth.
When Nathanael heard that the Messiah was from Nazareth, he was surprised. Philip responded, “Come and see for yourself.” Fortunately for Nathanael, he went to meet Jesus and became a disciple. If he had stuck to his prejudice without investigating further, he would have missed the Messiah! Don’t let people’s stereotypes about Christ cause them to miss his power and love? Invite them to come and see who Jesus really is.
Come And See A Man From Heaven
Mark 1:10-11 CJB
Immediately upon coming up out of the water, he saw heaven torn open and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; then a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with you.”
The Spirit descended like a dove on Jesus, and the voice from heaven proclaimed the Father’s approval of Jesus as his divine Son. Here we see all three members of the Trinity together—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 CSB
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Jesus’ words affirm the reality of the Trinity. Some people accuse theologians of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into Scripture. As we see here, the concept comes directly from Jesus himself. He did not say baptize them in the names but in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not occur in Scripture, but it well describes the three-in-one nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Son Of God (Sinless)
Luke 1:35 CSB
The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Why is the Virgin Birth essential to the Christian faith?
Jesus was born without the sin that entered the world through Adam. He was born holy, just as Adam was created sinless. In contrast to Adam, who disobeyed God, Jesus obeyed God and was thus able to face sin’s consequences in our place and make us acceptable to God (Rom 5:14-19).
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other human beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human being; but as the Son of God, Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
Because Jesus lived as a man, human beings know that he fully understands their experiences and struggles (Heb 4:15-16). Because he is God, he has the power and authority to deliver people from sin (Col 2:13-15). People can tell Jesus all their thoughts, feelings, and needs. He has been where they are, and he can help.
The Spirit Of Truth
John 15:26 CJB
When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — he will testify on my behalf.
Jesus uses two names for the Holy Spirit. “Counselor” conveys the helping, encouraging, and strengthening work of the Spirit. The “Spirit of truth” points to the teaching, illuminating, and reminding work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit ministers to both the head and the heart and both dimensions are essential.
Christ The Door
Ephesians 2:18 CSB
For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 CJB
We know, brothers, that God has loved and chosen you; that the Good News we brought did not become for you a matter only of words, but also one of power, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and total conviction — just as you know how we lived for your sakes when we were with you.
The Good News came “with power”; it had a powerful effect on the Thessalonians. Whenever the Bible’s heard and obeyed, lives are changed! Christianity is more than a collection of interesting facts; it is the power of God for everyone who believes. What has God’s power done in your life since you first believed?
Revelations Of The Trinity
1 Peter 1:12 CJB
It was revealed to them that their service when they spoke about these things was not for their own benefit, but for yours. And these same things have now been proclaimed to you by those who communicated the Good News to you through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things!
This verse mentions all three members of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. All members of the Trinity work to bring about our salvation. The Father chose us before we chose him (Eph 1:4). Jesus Christ, the Son, died for us while we were still sinners (Rom 5:6-10). The Holy Spirit brings us the benefits of salvation and sets us apart (makes us holy, sanctifies us) for God’s service (2 Thes 2:13).
“Immediately upon coming up out of the water, he saw heaven torn open and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; then a voice came from heaven,” (Mark 1:10-11)
The dove and the voice from heaven were signs that Jesus was the Messiah. Many people want something tangible, visible, and “real” before they will believe. So Jesus did healings and other miracles, and God raised him from the dead. Still, people doubt.
Will visible signs convince anyone?
The “sign” that brings us to faith is the power of God’s message to answer the cry of the heart.
- To the confused, God offers a mind enlightened by faith.
- To the depressed, God offers a reason for joy.
- To the lonely, God offers eternal companionship.
Don’t look for a spectacular visible sign; instead, seek a cleansed and renewed life as evidence of his presence.