Posts Tagged ‘Jesus the Messiah’

Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus, the Fulfilment of the Law

God's Written Law

God’s Written Law

Jesus’ whole life was about fulfilling God’s law. God set down His FIRST law, or commandments, in the Garden of Eden. When He placed Adam and Eve there He gave them explicit instructions. One of those instructions was, “You can eat from ANY tree in the garden, except that one”, and then He pointed to it so there would be NO misunderstanding. And we have been breaking God’s law ever since.

When Eve was talking to the serpent in the garden, were You watching the exchange? How I wish You would have cleared Your throat or something to distract her from that liar. Was this the first time she walked by that tree wondering what its fruit would taste like? If You would have intervened then, would she have found another opportunity and tried again? We seem to be drawn to do things that someone tells us “not” to do. “Don’t push that button”, “don’t you move from that spot”, or “don’t______ (insert any command you like, because you know you’ve done it too at some point).” Did that propensity come as a result of the fall? Read more »

Matthew 3:11-17 John baptizes Jesus

OXYGEN VOLUME 13

This is My beloved Son

John is clarifying his position and purpose. He is still talking to the Pharisees and Sadducees right now but his message is for everyone listening to him. He is saying he IS NOT the Christ, Savior, Messiah. He places Jesus SO much higher than himself. He is unworthy to even carry His sandals.

John’s role in God’s plan was to call the people to repentance and baptize those who heeded that call. Baptism was a symbol of the changed heart, as it is still supposed to be today. John was very comfortable with his role, but was waiting eagerly for Jesus to take everyone to the next step.

John knew who the Christ would be, as well as what His mission would be. John had seen from God that Jesus would baptize those who followed His message “with the Holy Spirit and Fire.” He knew Jesus’ would be the ultimate judge of all. He would expose any pretense and destroy anything or anyone that did not meet His standard. Read more »