Wednesday, May 3, 2017

John the Baptizer- I Can't - I Am Not Worthy

By Mary Vee
Matthew 3
Mark 1
Luke 3



From John the Baptizer's Notes



Photo by Mary Vee - Desert near the Jordan River
My name is John. I live on my own in the desert near the Jordan River and have for some time. 

I knew Jesus. He was my cousin. But when He came to the river that day something stirred inside me. 

I looked at His eyes and knew. God stirred my heart...and I knew Jesus was the One who would save all of us. Jesus was and is God's Son.






The Jordan River, Photo by Mary Vee





 

He was here. 

Standing on the shore of the Jordan River,  watching me baptize others. 

A crowd stood there. Some sat on the ground.  

Jesus said to me, "I came to be baptized."

I couldn't believe He asked this of me. "I know you traveled all the way from Galilee. But I can't baptize you." 

He was the Son of God. I was not worthy to baptize Him. Not. Him. "I can't. I...I'm the one who needs to be baptized by you."

Jesus didn't move. He said, "Do it. After all these centuries, God's work is coming together at this time, with this baptism."

With those words I understood. This was God's plan and I needed to obey. I agreed to baptize Jesus.

He walked into the water with me. I did as He asked and baptized Him. At the moment he walked out of the water the heavens opened. I saw the Spirit of God descend, like a dove and lighting on Jesus. 

A voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love and whom I am well pleased. 

At this time, Jesus was thirty years old and He began His ministry.

Come back for the next story.

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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary

Jewish History.org
*Jewish Virtual Library.org

*My research in Israel.

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