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Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He came one day to be baptized by his cousin John the Baptist. John had been the forerunner of Jesus. He was the prophet in the wilderness who said, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” People were so convicted by his preaching that they came confessing and repenting of their sin. At which point, John would baptize them in the river. John tried to deter Jesus from being baptized, but Jesus said, “Let’s do this, it’s the right thing to do.”
What I love about this story is that Jesus, the Son of God, began His earthly ministry on a humble note. All that was known at that time was the power of John the Baptist and that people were repenting and having him baptize them. Instead of throwing the practice of water baptism out, Jesus proved that it would, in time, become a staple of Christianity. In order for that to be enacted, Jesus had to be baptized Himself. So He came to the established authority, John the Baptist, and was baptized. Only then was Jesus prepared to move forward to be tempted in the wilderness. Certainly He couldn’t baptize Himself, and so instead He humbled Himself. Here’s the power of this story, “Leaders Lead.” I cannot lead the people I serve into places I’m not willing to go myself. We have a series of seven core values that lead our church culture. As leader of this wonderful team at Miami Trinity, I’d better have the values not only memorized but lived out in my life each day. Like I said, “Leaders Lead.”
I’m ready to go where You lead me. I’m ready to go, because I know you’ve already been there and you know the way there and back. Amen