Son of God

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.” (Matthew 3:16,... Continue Reading →

Baptize YOU? No way!

Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, "I'm the one who needs to be baptized, not you!" But Jesus insisted. "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism." So John did it. (Matthew 3:13-15... Continue Reading →

Posers

"And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham" -- Luke 3:9 If there is one group Jesus and his followers were in constant "battle" with it had to be the religious leaders of... Continue Reading →

The True Christ

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.” (Matthew 3:12 NIV) What really stands out to me is what John DOESN'T say about Jesus. John describes a Christ who is bringing an axe, fire, and... Continue Reading →

Straight Paths

"This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: 'A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan." (Matthew 3:3, 5 NIV) Our prophet, John, doesn't... Continue Reading →

Wild man with a wild message

John the Baptist may not have fit into our society very easily. In fact, he would probably find himself locked up in the mental ward. However, his type, while not very common, was not unheard of in those days. In fact, this kind of preaching, teaching and prophesying is quite normal in the East such... Continue Reading →

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