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					Topic: Jesus Baptism And Temptations Combining Topic: The Spirit Driveth Him Into The Wilderness Study Text: Mark 1:4-13v John 3:16v 2nd Kings 5:10-12v Biblical Importance:  Jesus was human and divine.  Jesus is the Door through which to enter into the Kingdom of Everlasting Life and Peace John 3:16v He also is the Door Keeper Himself.  Jesus was ushered into His own ministry through baptism and the temptations.  God sustained Jesus, His beloved Son, through the temptations of Satan.  Jesus authority was declared, both by human and divine voices, at the time of His baptism.  Youth and adults know how hard it is to resist temptation.  Youth and adults recognize that the consequences of yielding to temptation often include damage to physical health and interpersonal relationships. Meaning of Divine: Heavenly, Godlike, or pertaining to God, the Supreme Being. The Voice In The Wilderness: John the Baptist was recognized as the forerunner of the Messiah, whose coming was prophesied in Isaiah. Forerunner means: a person who goes or is sent in advance to announce the coming of
someone or something that follows, in this case Jesus the Messiah.

The Forerunner Of The Servant: John the Baptist was born just a few months before Christ. John’s mother name is Elizabeth, and his father name is Zachariah, who was a temple priest. The description give in Scripture suggests that John the Baptist was a Nazirite, like Samson and Samuel in the Old Testament. The word was used to indicate someone who was separated from the general population and consecrated to God. The word Nazirite also means a person who had taken certain strict
religious vows.

These men of radical faith never drank wine and never cut their hair. Radical Means: Extremely difference. John seemed even more radical than most. He wore camel’s hair, a coarse and tough hide that would have abraded the skin. He ate locusts, which were the cockroaches of the ancient world, and honey, which involved challenging a hive of bees. John the Baptist was living in conditions most of us would find intensely uncomfortable living conditions. John was not a man of leisure and materialism, like most Americans today. He was a prophet, a truth teller, who called the people including religious leaders to repentance. 1 Document By: Deacon Jerome Smith SR www.takeuptheircross.org

Topic: Jesus Baptism And Temptations

The baptism of John by water was for repentance, a symbolic washing away of sin. This symbolic washing away of sin also represents the coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah, One of whom would very soon come after John the Baptist baptizing with fire, “Holy Spirit” Without the modern convenience of a baptistery or swimming pool, John administered his baptism in the polluted Jordan River 2nd Kings 5:10-12v the people didn’t seem to mind. They flocked to John in droves to hear him preach and be baptized by him. John didn’t allow his popularity to go to his head. He had a clear understanding of who he was. He was a messenger, an opening act for the main attraction. The real star, Jesus Christ, had yet to appear on the horizon. John said he was not even worthy to loosen the strap of Jesus shoe, identifying Jesu s as the main attraction. The streets was commonly shared by animals and people, were not clean, and the sandals people wore did not prevent their feet from becoming very soiled at times. The Baptism Of The Servant: Just like His ancestor; forefathers, Jesus was the most unlikely. He was a country boy, Jesus is God’s glory, the mind of God. In other words, He was the prime example of God using the common to do the uncommon, the foolish to confound the wise, the expected to do the unexpected. John in realizing exactly who his cousin Jesus was, John’s sense of unworthiness and reluctance to baptize the One he recognized as the Messiah, and also Jesus own motives for being baptized. Other words, John felt that he was not worthy to Baptist Jesus, but Jesus told John to suffer it to be so for now that they would fulfill the scriptures. John baptizing Jesus wasn’t for repentance from sin, because Jesus was without sin, but it served to show us the example we are to follow. Jesus was born under the Law, and He obeyed every part of it. Still, Jesus baptism was a turning point in His life. That’s what repentance means to turn around. In a very real sense, Jesus baptism occurred at a crossroad in His life. He needed to choose His direction to leave His earthly father’s business of carpentry to partner in His heavenly Father’s kingdom business. Jesus had known He was sent to fulfill a great purpose, and when He heard His Father say, “It’s time”, He began to follow Him all the more earnestly and purposefully. Having made that choice, Jesus heard a voice from heaven. It was a voice of benediction, a divine blessing and ordination. God the Father was pleased beyond measure that Jesus, the Beloved One, was accepting His call and stepping out in obedience. 2 Document By: Deacon Jerome Smith SR www.takeuptheircross.org

Topic: Jesus Baptism And Temptations God was also recognizing Jesus as His Son and Anointed One, acknowledging Him before the witnesses gathered there that day and commissioning Him to take on the ministry of the Gospel. God was one proud Father, and He wanted the would to know, “Hey, this is My Beloved Son!” The Temptation Of The Servant: Again, a fuller record of this period in Jesus life can be found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13 All three Gospels agree on the timing of the temptations directly after Jesus baptism. The Gospels also affirm it was the Spirit who led Jesus into the wilderness. However, where Matthew and Luke record the Spirit “drove” Him, a far more aggressive and less comforting image. In each Gospel account, however the expression implies a sense of urgency and impulse without violence on the part of the Lord, by which Jesus was compelled to leave society for 40 days. The 40 days Jesus spent in the desert was reminiscent of Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness. The Israelites were wandering because of their own lack of faith. They were led by God’s presence in a pillar of fire and smoke and fed by God with quail and manna from heaven. When they grew thirsty, water flowed from a rock. Jesus was alone for 40 days, no food, and no water. In fact, except for the angels and the wild animals, which would have been more threatening than comforting, mentioned by Mark v. 12 the only one who bore Jesus company was His enemy. The devil was there to test and tempt Jesus, pushing every button of human weakness: hunger, power, pride, and a desire for security. Luke and Matthew clarify that only after the devil retreated in defeat did the angels come and minister to Jesus in His time of need. It was for our sake Jesus stayed close to His Father. If it was important for Jesus to remain close to the Father, how much more should that be true of us? If we are to follow Jesus supreme example, what can we take from Jesus baptism and temptation to help us in our own walk of faith? The temptation of Jesus serves as a daily inspiration for Christians to find strength in the power of the Lord. Because Jesus remained faithful to God for 40 days with non-stop temptation all around Him, we can do our best to avoid temptation even if others don’t think it’s the cool thing to do. The closer we get to God, the more we can expect the enemy to attack us, because He knows God gives us the power to be effective for Him. Jesus having been ordained and blessed with divine recognition and approval, and then driven into isolation to wrestle alone with His human weaknesses, Jesus took up where John the Baptist had left off, preaching a baptism of repentance and calling all who would to take up their crosses and “Follow Me.” 3 Document By: Deacon Jerome Smith SR www.takeuptheircross.org

Topic: Jesus Baptism And Temptations Time For Questions 1. The forerunner of the Messiah, the bible describes him as the voice of one crying in the wilderness, what’s the name of this person? “John the Baptist” 2. John came baptizing in the wilderness doing what? John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 3. Why did God send John His messenger for the people before Jesus? God sent His messenger John the Baptist to prepare the people for the way of the Lord. 4. Describe John and the clothes that he wore? John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 5. What does forerunner means?

A person who goes or is sent in advance to announce the coming of someone or something that follows, in this case Jesus the Messiah.

6. John in which river baptized Jesus? John in the Jordan River baptized Jesus. 7. What did Jesus see after immediately, coming up from the water? Jesus saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 8. Who Voice did Jesus here? Jesus heard the Voice of His Father came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 9. What did Jesus do immediately after He heard the Voice of His Father? Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 10. Jesus was there in the wilderness how many days, and tempted by whom? Jesus was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts: and the angels ministered to Him.

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