Matthew Lesson 3 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 3 Day 5

Matthew 3:13-17

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. Matthew 3:13

12) “Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.‘” Psalm 40:7

The Aramaic text leaves out the word “righteousness,” ending with the words “fulfill all.”

The Greek word for “fulfill” is pleroo which means “to fulfill” or “to complete.”

The first cross reference suggested for Matthew 3:15 is Psalm 40:7 “Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.‘”

Jesus later said, “I can only do what I see the Father doing.” (John 5:19) So we can assume Jesus knew that day was the day his ministry began.

  • In an act of humility and love, Jesus yielded himself to be baptized by John just as many others had done. He also honored John.
  • Jesus asked John to baptize him to identify with the one who came to prepare the way. Jesus didn’t need to repent because his was without sin, but at that very moment, Yeshua, the King of the kingdom of heaven was indeed at hand—standing right in front of John.
  • When the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, John witnessed the fulfillment of a vision he had about the Messiah. That moment confirmed to John that his relative, Yeshua, was the Messiah.

John’s mission was complete, and Jesus’ ministry began.

“You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22b (NIV84)

13a) John 1:32-34

I didn’t know who he was. But God, who sent me to baptize with water, had told me, ‘When you see the Spirit come down and stay on someone, you’ll know that person is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. John 1:33 NOG

John saw this happen and understood what it meant.

This was not a temporary gift of the Spirit of God. John the Baptist’s testimony in John 1:32-33, when he said that he saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. Jesus was about to begin His public ministry, and He would do it in the power of the Spirit of God. “It was the Spirit of God who gave success to Jesus Christ’s ministry.” (Spurgeon)1

b) Luke 3:21-22 while Jesus prayed . . .

“. . . tells us that the heavens were opened while Jesus prayed. “As he was praying; for prayer is the key of heaven, wherewith we may take out of God’s treasury plentiful mercy for ourselves and others.” (Trapp)1

Jesus did not confess any sins because He had none.

14) “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Psalm 2:6-8

“I have installed my own king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will announce Yahweh’s decree.
    He said to me:
    “You are my Son.
        Today I have become your Father.
            Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance
                and the ends of the earth as your own possession.

God created each of us with a destiny. There is no greater joy than fulfilling our purpose. Everything else is vanity, as King Solomon learned.

The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:11-14)

15) He never sinned

Jesus’ baptism and the subsequent opening of the heavens with the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, fulfilled a prophecy given to John.

I believe, God spoke in the hearing of all those present that day, announcing Jesus’ identity as His Son. He is the King of the Jews, King of the Kingdom of Heaven, and our High Priest. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Only God can do that.

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