Matthew 3:13-17 tells us: “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptised by him.
“And John tried to prevent Him, saying. “I need to be baptised by You, and are You coming to me?”
“But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.”
“Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptised, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
“And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”
As we looked at the incarnation during the Advent Season, it is, I believe, appropriate to look at a few life events on the journey to the Easter Season.
The life of Christ was a fascinating life and filled with many interesting stepping points that teach us about redemption and moral living.
Even Jesus in this encounter just prior to the start of his period of active ministry made the point to John that this event was about the two of them finding that path to fulfilling all righteousness.
This is not a thought we focus on as a daily thing, perhaps it should be, but generally it is instead a standard that we apply to the folk around us as we ask the question of are they treating me right, fairly or morally?
But as we see in Jesus earthly life he set the standard by which we should gauge our own lives first and then the lives of others. (Might have to look at that whole ‘judge not’ phrase at some point.)
So Jesus is baptised in the Jordan River since that was where there was a lot of water, and that is where John had been preaching for folk to repent and sort out their lives in preparation of the Messiah coming.
Then right after this, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. Out of the three temptations we see came three great sayings for us to ponder:
1. “It is written ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
2. “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
3. “Away with you Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’”
I wonder how we would react today if Jesus said these same words to us in regard to how we live our ‘righteousness’ today. Oh my!