Monthly Archives: November 2011

Jesus’ Preparation For Ministry – part 3

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. … – Luke 4:1-2 (ESV) You would think, having been baptized and filled with the Spirit, Jesus was now ready for His public ministry, but the Holy Spirit took Him out of the spotlight one more time for a final stage of preparation. Jesus was compelled to leave the life-giving Jordan for the barren desert to prove His baptismal commitment. He went alone. As yet, … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Jesus’ Preparation For Ministry – part 2

Before Jesus came to be baptized, John proclaimed Him as a mysterious Person: “He who is coming after me is mightier than I … He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” At some point, I imagine John asking, “Lord, You sent me on this mission to prepare Your people for the Messiah. When He arrives, how can I be sure of Him so I can say to the people ‘This is the One I’ve been telling you about’?” And God said: … ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Jesus’ Preparation For Ministry – part 1

John’s ministry was flourishing. Great crowds of people were coming to hear him preach and be baptized. His message was meeting with success, for many asked the Big Question of repentance, “What shall we do?” (Luke 3:10-14, Acts 2:37). Upon baptism, some had gone the next step and become disciples of John. Andrew was one, and perhaps Philip and another young man named John. These had recognized their need for a change of heart and life, and they knew they couldn’t do it on their own. But the baptizer was not able to effect the change in his followers, for … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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