A Portrait of the Son of God
Three Years Three Hours and Three Days
Matthew 3:16 says:
Matthew 3:16 (KJV) 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the
water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove, and lighting upon him; 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying,
this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Introduction The Son of God- is a term used to express the deity of Jesus Christ as the
one unique Son of God. However the Son (Jesus) has always existed with the father. We
call that the Pre-Existence Christ. Christ the Son has always existed with the father, Don’t
you remember Gen 1:26 “ God said let us make man….. Hebrews 13: 8 says:
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end the first and the last. Christ
was even before creation, John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was
with God and the Word was God…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
I am so glad that the Only begotten Son of God, stepped out of Eternity, walked into time
cane down through 42 generations. just to save a reach like me. That why I can sing
Amazing grace how sweet the sound…. God is a good God ……
Much of the remainder of Jesus’ childhood and even young adult years we can only
imagine. His official ministry didn’t begin until He was about 30 years of age. Until
then, He was a carpenter by trade, a student of the Word…spiritually preparing for
the big tasks ahead.
Now a career change is in order. Jesus moves from the training of His step-father to
the business of His Heavenly Father. He’ll trade in His woodworking tools and
become a rebuilder of human hearts, as He carves out a way of escape for hell
Visualize Jesus as He, knowing it is time to begin working full time for His Heavenly
Father, stands in his stepfather’s woodworking shop for the final time. Can you see
Him sweeping up the wood shavings on the floor for the last time? Can you see Him
standing the broom by the doorway and looking back? Can you smell the cedar and
What memories must have flooded his mind? Perhaps memories of Joseph wrapping
his huge hands around the tiny hands of a small boy, anxious to learn how to use a
saw, pound a hammer, plane a piece of wood. Or, memories of conversations with
Joseph as they shared their sack lunches…laughter, and good times. Possibly the
reminder of His dad saying, "Good job on that table top, Jesus."
Now it’s time to begin a 42-month journey that will end in death on a cross. I wonder
if the hammer and large nails caught his eye? Max Lucado asks, "I wonder if he
rolled a nail between His thumb and fingers, anticipating the pain."
So many memories of such a tranquil life--this had been a world where typical
problems were getting a board squared up or keeping a saw sharpened. Problems
weren’t so eternal in their consequences. At the end of the day you had closure - a
completed cabinet, a repaired door. You could go to bed at night feeling successful
because "It is finished."
But now his hour has come. It’s time to enter a world where the problems are
eternally serious. A world where there is little closure. Now it’s an all new world to
focus upon…a world where people will be gradually changed by walking in His
Jesus’ first journey out of the carpenter’s shop will be a 15-mile journey to the rim of
the Jordan Valley. There standing waist deep in the water is a man who, if he bent
over to drink, would look like a small camel. John is his name. He is an intense man,
busyWhen this bold, uncompromising preacher, John the Baptist, sees Jesus, he
acquiesces, suggesting Jesus baptize him. But Jesus has come to model what God
wants from men. And the beginning point of a man’s healthy relationship with God is
in humbly submitting to God’s command that he be baptized. For everyone except
Jesus, baptism is only effective if one has repented. Jesus had nothing to repent of,
but He still modeled something for us by being baptized. Baptism for Jesus was the
beginning of His humiliation for our sakes. A sinless king is baptized. A sinless king
will bear our sins on the cross. Isaiah said He would be numbered with the
transgressors. His baptism says He is a king who totally identifies with his people. It
was the beginning of Jesus’ bearing our iniquities. It would all consummate in what
he called the "baptism I have to undergo", the complete immersion into the penalty
for sin, death on the cross. That cruel tree was grown by Him…and was much like the
raw material He would turn into beautiful furniture or sturdy structures. But on this
tree would hang nothing beautiful, but a mangled Savior drenched in my sins and
yours. with preaching and baptizing.
God affirms the sacrificial nature of Jesus’ life when he has the classic poor man’s
sacrifice, a dove, light on Jesus immediately following his baptism.
At his birth, he stepped from heaven to take on our flesh. At his baptism he waded
out into the water to stand with us in our sinfulness.
As Jesus is baptized, listen. Do you hear it? Do you hear the soft flutter of God’s
Spirit settling on Jesus’ shoulders?
If you’ve ever wondered how God feels about someone being baptized, listen to what
He said at His son’s baptism, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
What has this Son done to merit such approval? He hasn’t taught in the synagogue.
He hasn’t triumphed over Satan. He hasn’t preached a sermon, cast out a demon,
healed one sick person nor made a single disciple. He just waded out into the middle
of the Jordan and allowed Himself to be immersed. And the heavens roared
approval! "I am well pleased!" Baptism is very important!
I. Three Years – Ministering Christ
a. first year - Year of Inauguration
b. tempted by the devil
c. Enlisted five disciples
d. Turned water into wine
e. Cleans the temple – truly He was about the father’s business
f. 2nd year – Year of Popularity
g. Run out of His home town
h. Had the great draught of fish.
i. Healed peter’s mother-in-law.
j. Healed the sick
k. Raised the dead
l. Gave sight to the blind
m. Made the land walk
n. The dumb talk
Illus. John 5:2-9 says:
John 5:2 - 9 (KJV) 2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is
called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3In these lay a great
multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water:
whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of
whatsoever disease he had. 5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty
and eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in
that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7The impotent man answered
him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I
am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy
bed, and walk. 9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and
walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. God is….
3rd Year – The Year of Opposition
o. Feed 5,000
p. Walked on water, many miracles He preformed
q. Raised Lazarus from the dead
r. Talking about the Son of the living God whom the Father was well
s. Pharisee and the Publican try to trick
t. Triumphal entry
u. Questioned by the authorities
v. Judgment hall to judgment hall
w. Whipped him all night long and He never said a mumbling
x. Put Him on an old rugged cross nails in His hands nails in His feet, crown
of thorns on His head.
II. Three Hours - The Suffering Christ
a. Six to the ninth hour for the bible said in Mark 15:33 says:
Mark 15:33 (KJV) 33And when the sixth hour was come, there was
darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
b. It maybe Good Friday now but Sunday’s coming
c. The sun refused to shine, earth began to quake
d. The veil in the temple was rend. Graves opened up
e. From that cross. We hear the cry of one who knew no sin. what else do we
hear from tat cross. Father forgive them ….., women behold thy son…..
today thou shalt be with me …My God, My God…. I thirst….
f. And with a loud voice Jesus, Mary’s baby…. Cry out It is finished, Father
I gone where you told me to go, I’ve done what you told me to do now
into thy hands I commed my spirit.
g. What do you hear from the cross this morning. I don’t know about you,
but I am so glad, I can sing like the song writer At last and did my savior
bleed and did thy servant die…. At the Cross, At the Cross…… God is…
Because of the cross, we are saved from the penalty of Sin.
III Three Days - The Resurrected and Glorified Christ.
h. Three long days he stayed in that grave. But how many know today the
grave could not hold.
i. He went took back the keys to death, Hell and the Grave.
j. Stared old death in the face and said O death where is thy sting oh grave
where is they victory
k. And early Sunday morning He got up.
Conclusion: As I take my seat, I need Bro. Steve Harvey to do the introduction of the
Son of God.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor to introduce to you a man who needs no
introduction. His credits are too long to list. He has done the impossible time after time.
He hails from a manger in a town called Bethlehem Jerusalem, by way of heaven. His
mother is still headlining in the Catholic Church today, His daddy is the author of a book
that has been on the worlds best seller list since the beginning of time. He holds the
record for the worlds larges fish fry, He feed 5000 hungry souls with 2 little fish and five
loafs of bread. He can walk on water, turn water into wine, no special effects, no
cameras tricks. He has a head shot on every church fan across the nation. Even before
the kings of comedy he was hailed king of kings and Lord of Lords, The rose of Sharon,
Prince of Peace, Alpha and Omega, What’s His Name Jesus.