TEXT: Matthew 3:13-17:
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 73, day 441 since Jan. 1, 2016.
G. Campbell Morgan said, “In baptism, Jesus confessed, as His own, sins which He had not committed, and repented of them before God even though He had never committed one sin. He was numbered with the transgressors and bore the sins of many.”
In verse 13 of Matthew 3, we see the fulfillment of John’s preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand and that people needed to confess their sins, repent, and begin living righteously in order to be prepared to receive it. We do not know how long John preached, but it was likely a few months. One day, as he was preaching and baptizing, Jesus came “from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.” Knowing what we know about Jesus now, His coming to John to be baptized seems strange to us. Some commentators have noted that among some early Christians, when the faith was being attacked by Jews who argued that Jesus was not divine, the baptism of Jesus was viewed almost with embarrassment. It was something they didn’t want to talk about much, because the perfect, holy Son of God had taken part in a baptism meant for those who had sins to confess.
Even John, when He saw Jesus, was confused. He said, “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” He was ready for Jesus to take over and start baptizing people with the Holy Spirit right then and there. But Jesus says, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” “Righteousness,” in this sense, does not mean good as in that which is opposed to evil, but good as in something which God has ordained. It was God’s will that Jesus be baptized for this reason: that He might fully identify with sinners. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized because of His own sins; He was baptized because WE need such baptism.
Warren Wiersbe said, “Jesus was not baptized because He was a repentant sinner. Even John tried to stop Jesus, but the Lord knew it was His Father’s will. Why was Jesus baptized? First, His baptism gave approval to John’s ministry. Second, He identified Himself with publicans and sinners, the very people He came to save. Third, His baptism pictured His future baptism on the cross when all the “waves and billows” of God’s judgment would go over Him due to the sins of the people. Thus, John the Baptist bore witness to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and also as the Lamb of God. Because of John’s witness, many sinners trusted Jesus Christ.”
Jesus identifying with sinful humanity is the cornerstone of His life and ministry. That’s why He was born a vulnerable infant. That’s why He ate and drank with publicans and sinners. That why He died our death and suffered our hell. And that’s why He was baptized. He identified with us not only to save us, but to show us how to live. Jesus set aside his glory and humbly submitted to a ritual meant for sinners, a ritual administered by a sinner — John — who deemed himself unworthy to loose the straps on Jesus’ sandals, much less baptize His Lord. Jesus’ humble submission to baptism, even though He never sinned, sets an example for us today. Not only do we need salvation and baptism, but confession, repentance, and a commitment to righteous living.
Charles Coffin wrote:
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh.
Awake and harken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings!
Then cleansed be every life from sin:
make straight the way for God within,
and let us all our hearts prepare
for Christ to come and enter there.
We hail you as our Savior, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward.
Without your grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.
Stretch forth your hand, our health restore,
and make us rise to fall no more.
O let your face upon us shine
and fill the world with love divine.
Jesus humbled Himself to be baptized in order to identify with us who truly need baptism and, more than that, salvation from our sins through Him. If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.