Monday, August 14, 2006

Jesus Inducted

"Jesus's Induction Into Office”

John the Baptist is the recording of preaching repentance of sin, and baptizing converts, making way for the coming of the Lord, (Mat. 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-18). John’s ministry began somewhere between 25-27 A.D. Jesus comes to the River Jordan, and is baptized by John.

The Holy Spirit in the form a Dove descended upon His head, and remained, and the Father spoke from Heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I Am well pleased. By these signs, as he was warned beforehand, John knew now for certain that Jesus was the Son of God of whom He was proclaiming “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mat. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3: 21-220. The water Baptism of Jesus by John occurred about 27 B.C. Jesus was driven into the wilderness by the Spirit, after His baptism, fasting and praying for 40 days. He is tempted by Satan, but overcomes him by quoting scripture and rebukes him. ( Mat. 4:1-11; Mark 1: 12-13). The first disciples are now called to service by Jesus, (John 1:35-49). They include Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, Nathaniel, and John.

The first miracle in the ministry of Jesus is recorded in John 2:1-11, and consisted of His turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Many writers have written in the past, that during the “hidden years” of Jesus’ childhood, which were not recorded in the Bible, He did many miracles. However, changing water into wine was His “first” miracle, as recorded in John 2:11. “This Beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. And manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

Jesus’ first stay in Capernaum, which He called “His” city, is recorded in John 2:12.
The first Passover is kept by Jesus, ( John 2:13-25). Since Jesus was born to Jewish parents, He celebrated the Jewish laws. The Passover was to be celebrated throughout the generations in memorial of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, under the ministry of Moses when blood was put on the lintel and door posts of the Jewish houses, secure under the Blood, and the Death Angel “passed over” them, but slew the first born of every Egyptian household.
Jesus chased the money changers, and cleansed the Temple, declaring that they had made His Father’s House a den of thieves. (John 2: 13-17).

Jesus told Nicomdemus in John 3:1021, the discourse concerning the new birth. Nicodemus was an educated Jewish teacher of the Law, and he went in after dark to talk to Jesus so no one would see him. He recognized Jesus as a prophet sent by God, but was ignorant of His Deity! In this important lesson, Jesus told him he could never enter the kingdom of God unless he was “born again.”, which meant that the Spirit of God had to enlighten him as to the Deity of Jesus and His role, at which time a true heart belief took place, the actual life of God would enter him and give him new life, baptizing him into the body of Christ! ( I Corinthians 12:13).

The early Judean ministry of Jesus recorded in John 3:22, states Jesus was baptizing. However, His disciples very likely were doing the actual immersing in water. Jesus deals with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-26) telling her He was the water of life and told her things of her past. Her testimony of these events to the other Samaritans caused a revival to break out in Samaria! (John 4:28-42)

The early Galilean ministry of Jesus included a variety of different events. The healing by Jesus of the nobleman’s son took place about 27 A.D. in Cana, (John 4:46-54). John the Baptist’s imprisonment is mentioned in John 4:46-54)., then Jesus went back to Galilee to minister. (Mat. 4:12)

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