Jesus Reveals Himself

Jesus Reveals Himself

THE STORY chapter # 23

(My home church is participating in the study of THE STORY – The Bible As One Continuing Story Of God And His People. Foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. Each week, my Thursday post focuses on our current study chapter.)

John the Baptist, son of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, was preaching repentance near the Jordan River. Many came out to be baptized by John, and Jesus was one of them. The moment John saw Jesus, John 1:29, he knew Him as the Lamb of God, the One who would pay the penalty for our sin.

After the baptism, the Spirit of God descended on Jesus Matthew 3:16. Then He was led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by satan. First, Jesus fasted forty days and forty nights, then satan tempted Him to:

  1. Turn stones into bread.
  2. Throw Himself from the highest point of the temple and be saved by angels.
  3. Bow down to satan and he would give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world.

With each temptation, Jesus quoted scripture and controlled the situation. In fact Jesus shooed satan away by saying “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” 

Jesus soon began ministering to the public. He specifically gathered together twelve disciples, who traveled with him: Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Jesus’ first miracle can be found in, John 2:1-11. Jesus, at the nudging of His mother, turned water into wine at a wedding. Mary, though surely not expecting this miracle, simply wanted Jesus to do something to prevent the wedding family from being embarrassed for their shortage at their banquet. The miracle revealed Jesus’ power over all things, and his desire to help others. It was not a miracle to reveal Himself as great.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  John 3:16-18
Jesus wants us to believe and trust in who He is. Jesus started off revealing His ministry to us by helping others. And as we continue to read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we will find His ministry never waivers.

The Story by Max Lucado & Randy Frazee

THE STORY foreword by Max Lucado & Randy Frazee

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