The Identification Test (2 of 11) by Jeff Schreve

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The Identification Test (2 of 11)
Series: Footsteps
Jeff Schreve
Matthew 3:13-17

If you have your Bible, please turn to Matthew chapter 3. I’ve entitled my sermon today, ‘‘The Identification Test.’’

I heard about a woman and she was driving her spots car, and she was a blonde. And she was speeding, and she gets pulled over by a female police officer who is also a blonde. The officer comes to the door and she says, ‘‘I need to see your license.’’ And the blonde in the car is going through her purse, rifling through her purse, looking everywhere, looking in the glove compartment and she doesn’t find anything. She says to the police woman, ‘‘I can’t find it. I must have left it at home.’’ And the police officer says, ‘‘Well, I need to see some kind of identification.’’ And so the woman looks through her purse, rifles through her purse. Finally, she finds a mirror. And she says, ‘‘Well, I have this picture of me.’’ And the officer says, ‘‘Well, let me see it.’’ And so she hands her the mirror. And the officer looks, hands it back, and says, ‘‘I’m so sorry. I didn’t realize you were a police officer!’’ Every blonde lady in this room saying, ‘‘I’m not laughing at that joke!’’ I used to be a blonde. I can get away with those subjects, I think,

We’re in a series called ‘‘Footsteps: What it Really Means to Follow in the Footsteps of Jesus.’’ And today, we want to look at the very first thing Jesus did when He started His ministry and that is baptism. That was the first thing that Jesus did.

You know, we don’t know a lot about Jesus. We have that one recording when He was twelve when He went up to the temple. And then they were going back home to Nazareth and Jesus wasn’t with the family, and they wondered, What is going on? And they came back and He’s at the temple. That’s the only thing that we have recorded about His growing up years. And then, nothing is said again until now when He is baptized, and His baptism begins His ministry. Now, if we’re going to ...

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