Google+ 05/16/13 "My Child, I am So Proud of You!"

Luke 3:21-22

 

One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized.

As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” 

 

Many of us, inside and outside Christian circles, have read about the baptism of Jesus through Luke Chapter 3.  Today, I want us to look at these two very simple verses and read what the Bible really says happens to Jesus.  First, let's note that Jesus was just being an obedient teacher and Christian.  Others were being baptized, so Jesus shows up!  So many of us in this world simply do not understand that God is never going to do miracles in our lives if we don't show up.  This verse of Scripture and the statement I just made are so overlooked in terms of importance to our testimonies.  When Jesus called the disciples to minister, what were they doing?  The Bible does not say that they were home watching General Hospital!  They were all at work doing the job they had been given.  Their lives could have never been changed at all, if they simply decided to take a "sick day."  Next, why is Jesus being baptized?  After all, isn't He the Son of God and half divine?  Of course He is, but the "half divine" portion is key to our discussion and understanding.  Jesus is about thirty when His earthly ministry begins.  What has He been doing for the other twenty-nine years?  Jesus has been learning the trade of a carpenter and studying and teaching in the temple.  The human side of Jesus has been getting to know God the Father.  Jesus has fully accepted who God is in His life and now, like all of us, needs to make that public.  What was He doing immediately prior to the Holy Spirit descending on Him?  You got it, He was praying!  The heavens opened up and God told everyone, including His Son, how pleased He was with the decision Jesus had made.  As we prepare for the day of Pentecost, let's not make this more complicated that it really is.  Let's follow Jesus's example.  Show up where people are gathered in God's name and are being baptized.  That most often happens in local New Testament Churches on Sunday!  Offer yourself to God, publicly.  Be willing to tell everyone that you stand for Jesus.  In order to make this decision a life- changing one, we must pray.  Jesus did and He was half divine.  I am going out on a limb here and saying that none of us can make a "half divine" claim!   Jesus took twenty-nine years for His human side to commit publicly to God.  It is never too late for anyone.  Do it now.  What will God say to you when you follow Jesus?  God will say, "My Child, I am so proud of you!"