This past Sunday at SLC we took a look at a passage that pointed towards the trinity revealed.
We started with John the baptist, and his humility as a prophet who had zero, ZERO, zErO to gain through his service other than to be used to help set people on a path of life.
Jesus, while he had done nothing wrong in his entire life nor would he, humbled himself to be a servant to the world to show how we are to live. He basically made John the baptist to baptize him, while John protested. John knew that Jesus was the one that was preceding, and that Jesus was of much greater importance than himself. The humility shown through Jesus’ example is difficult to comprehend, since he really was the most privileged person even born to earth. He chose to create a path for us to follow.
- To repent of our own wrongdoing (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned (missed the mark) and fall short of the glory of God)
- To look to God for confirmation
- To work forwards in life only by the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at the theological element that arises from scripture in verse 16.
Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit are found at the end of this chunk of scripture, showing each of the three in their giftings.
- God the Father was heard but not seen, confirming his son.
- Jesus was seen and heard, the ultimate example for mankind to live by.
- The Holy Spirit was seen but not heard, inspiring actions in the people who were humble enough to go through the baptism of repentance that John the baptist offered.
Read on for the Bible passage we used this past week!
Matthew 3:1 When it was the right time, John the Baptizer began telling people a message from God. This was out in the desert area of Judea. 2 John said, “Change your hearts and lives, because God’s kingdom is now very near.” 3 John is the one Isaiah the prophet was talking about when he said,
“There is someone shouting in the desert:
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
Make the road straight for him.’”
4 John’s clothes were made from camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. For food, he ate locusts and wild honey. 5 People came to John from Jerusalem and the rest of Judea and from all the areas along the Jordan River. 6 They confessed the bad things they had done, and John baptized them in the Jordan.
7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to where John was baptizing people. When John saw them, he said, “You are all snakes! Who warned you to run from God’s judgment that is coming? 8 Change your hearts! And show by the way you live that you have changed. 9 I know what you are thinking. You want to say, ‘but Abraham is our father!’ That means nothing. I tell you, God could make children for Abraham from these rocks. 10 The ax is now ready to cut down the trees. Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water to show that you have changed your hearts and lives. But there is someone coming later who is able to do more than I can. I am not good enough to be the slave who takes off his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 He will come ready to clean the grain. He will separate the good grain from the straw, and he will put the good part into his barn. Then he will burn the useless part with a fire that cannot be stopped.”
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River. He came to John, wanting John to baptize him. 14 But John tried to stop him. John said, “Why do you come to me to be baptized? I should be baptized by you!”
15 Jesus answered, “Let it be this way for now. We should do whatever God says is right.” Then John agreed.
16 So Jesus was baptized. As soon as he came up out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 17 A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the one I love. I am very pleased with him.”