As we approach the birth of Our Lord, I am beginning a series of posts entitled JESUS IN SCRIPTURE that will continue throughout 2018. “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Jesus,” according to St. Jerome, Biblical Scholar in 4th century who translated Bible into Latin. (Latin Vulgate)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it… JOHN 1:1-12
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him, he gave power to become children of God…
He was in the beginning…Jesus is the Word made flesh…the Word Incarnate….God becomes man…Through Him comes Life….And this Life is the Light of the World ….the world is dark since the Fall…darkness cannot keep out the Light….those who choose Light become children of the Light….and testify to the Light…and become children of God…all in heaven and on earth await in anticipation for the Incarnation…the word made flesh…how do I await my Savior and Lord….
INTRODUCTION TO JESUS’ PUBLIC MINISTRY
Not much is known about Jesus’ child hood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood in his home town of Nazareth. We do know the Holy family were all devout Jews honoring and worshiping God according to Jewish practices, especially holy days like Passover, Feast of tabernacles, Pentecost and the like.
Mary and Joseph would have provided for their family in traditional roles of feeding and caring for their child. In his human nature Jesus would be learning and not taking any “divine” short cuts as he assisted his earthly adopted father, Joseph, in his carpentry trade.
We know from before and after Jesus began his public ministry he was a devout man of prayer and worship and a student of scripture. Not only did Jesus grow in earthly wisdom but his intimacy with His Father grew spiritually as he prepared to fulfill his heavenly Father’s mission.
Jesus’s coming on the public scene is foretold by John the Baptist, a distant cousin of Jesus who leapt in his mother’s womb when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Now they meet once again. While Jesus has no need of baptism of repentance for he has no sin to repent, he presents himself to John and says, “Let it be for now.” Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan foreshadows the baptism of water and Spirit that later will cleanse men of their sins. “Behold the Lamb of God!”
JESUS BEGINS HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY
MARK 1:1-11 THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
John (the) Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins…
(JOHN 1:26-32) The next day John (the) Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”… (MATTHEW 3:14-17) After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened…the Spirit of God descended like a dove… And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
John proclaims a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins….John prepares the way for the Christ….Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world…Jesus is the sacrificial lamb who will sacrifice himself for us that our sins may be forgiven…repent and believe in the Gospel…the sinless one takes on the sins of the world…the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus, full of grace….The Father affirms…”This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased…
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