Happy Sunday everyone! This morning I had the rare opportunity to go on a morning walk. Why rare? 1. I never get up early in the mornings. 2. I hate walking. 3. It’s Sunday and I normally try to sleep in until the latest opportunity before having to go to church. But this morning I was able to enjoy ever bit of the morning walk. Through walking through school’s campus in the early morning, in all the peace and quiet, I put on my headphones and listened to Bethel’s “None But Jesus” and was reminded of something my professor said in my Communication and Spirituality Integration class.
In the past class, our discussion was focused around Matthew 3:13-4:11. It talks about the baptism of Jesus and the 40 days of fast and temptation that Jesus endured. While I’ve read this passage hundreds of times before, my professor mentioned something I have never seen or noticed before. Why was it necessary for Jesus to be baptized? Why did He need it? The take that my professor said was so that it could prepare him for the road ahead of him. It was the affirmation from GOD for Jesus to know that GOD was proud of him. “This is my Son, WHOM I LOVE, with Him I am well pleased.” After the baptism, Jesus fasted in the desert and was tempted, yet Jesus was able to hold onto nothing else but God. Though Jesus was in human form and still needed food, shelter, power, He was able to rely on God alone.
With this, it made me really think. I want God to be able to look down on me and say “This is my daughter, with her I am well pleased.” I want to live a life that is pleasing to Him. In everything I do, I want Him to be able to look at me and be proud of who I am, how I live my life, and how I am being a strong witness for Him. If Jesus was able to fast for forty days and still hold onto Christ, then I want to be able to hold onto Him alone. I don’t want to rely on anything else in this world. I don’t need anything else, I don’t need any affirmation from other places, whether it is from work, friends, school, or even my family. I am to only seek affirmation from Christ. “This is my DAUGHTER, with her I am well pleased.” Living for the day where I can hear this in Heaven.
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 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. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Jesus is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.