Jesus: His Passion and Purpose - Jesus' Baptism Tells the Story
Dr. Johnny Hunt
INTRODUCTION: The Gospel according to Mark seems to desire to introduce his writing by telling us that He who was predicted to come has now come. His coming is not the beginning of His life, but of His ministry. Jesus Christ, the Son of God is now ready to emerge from OBSCURITY that He might publicly accomplish SALVATION.
Christ has come to offer his hearers a place in His eternal kingdom of salvation, the place of forgiveness and redemption, if they would repent of their sin and believe in Him as Lord and Savior.
The announcement of this text says, ''the time is fulfilled.'' The word ''time'' does not refer to the clock time or calendar time but speaks of the fixed point in history for an event to occur; this is God's sovereign timetable. The hour, for which the world had long been waiting, it was the most significant moment in earth's history. The Savior had arrived to pay in full the penalty for sin and provide salvation for all who would repent and believe the gospel.
The Gospel writer, Mark, brings before us, One to see and hear in 3 different scenes as a man with a common name, from a common town, to participate in a common experience. On this special weekend we acknowledge the first century confession, ''Jesus Christ is Lord.''
We affirm that which was announced by John the Baptist, affirmed by God the Father, and acknowledged by Satan. All known worlds are represented in this passage. We have God the Father speaking from Heaven, the upward world. We have Satan, the god of this world and the underworld. We have John this Baptist of the present world.
I. JESUS' IDENTIFICATION WITH SINNERS
Seen in the water baptism.
This is a PICTURE of WHY HE CAME.
Baptism for Jesus was 2 fold:
1. To Identify with us-Human Identification
2. His Heavenly Consecration- A beginning of
His earthly ministry.
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