Presentation on theme: "Chapter 5: The Mission Begins Preparingthe Way Way of the of the Lord Lord CONCEPT C The Beginnings of Jesus’ Public Life."— Presentation transcript:
Chapter 5: The Mission Begins Preparingthe Way Way of the of the Lord Lord CONCEPT C The Beginnings of Jesus’ Public Life
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus – called people to an awareness of their sin & to repentance a whole new order was about to begin - get ready for it by having a change of heart sign of change of heart - the ritual bathing called baptism
Jesus’ Baptism Performed by John the Baptist
After Jesus’ Baptism He sees the heavens torn apart the Spirit descends like a dove God the Father says: “You are my beloved Son in you I am well pleased”.
Jesus’ Baptism & Symbolism Dove - in ancient times a symbol of Israel as a whole & less often for the Spirit of God
Jesus’ Baptism & Symbolism Voice from heavens – in OT God is shown as speaking to the people in a voice from the heavens, often concealed in a cloud
Jesus’ Baptism & Symbolism Evangelists used these images to show Jesus’ inner experience of God during his baptism.
The Early Church Was Uncomfortable with Jesus Being Baptism Jesus needs to repent of sin. Mt. said John was reluctant to baptize Jesus but explained that Jesus accepted baptism “to fulfill all righteousness” – as part of God’s plan.
This was not an admission of sin but an indication of the willingness of Jesus to completely immerse himself in the life & concerns of his people. This was not an admission of sin but an indication of the willingness of Jesus to completely immerse himself in the life & concerns of his people.
Jesus’ Baptism – A Moment of Self-discovery Like us, Jesus struggled to find his place in the world. He had a growing understanding of himself & his mission.
“Aha! Moment” A Moment of Self-discovery Jesus had some idea what God was asking of him: to proclaim & begin a new kingdom with power to do this through the Spirit of God
Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert
Israel wandered 40 years in the desert. Jesus was 40 days in the desert. The Israelites were tempted & failed. Jesus was tempted & did not fail.
3 Temptations of Jesus Jesus rejected the political & militaristic messiahship that Jewish people had come to accept.
1. Turn stones into bread Dt 8:3 “One does not live by bread alone.” Economic power: messiah not to provide for the material needs but for the spiritual hunger by proclaiming God’s word, which offers true life.
2. Throw himself down from a high point in Temple & have God save him - to prove special relationship with God Dt 6:16 “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Magical power: not based on magic or tricks to impress people Jesus only works miracles to bring about good in world, not to impress people.
3. Fall at feet of devil & worship him & then receive from the devil “all the kingdoms of the world” Dt. 6:13 “Worship the Lord your God & serve only him.” & serve only him.” Political power: reign of God in the world would take place in peoples’ hearts - not in political domination of them.
All 3 Temptations represent the kind of temptations Jesus would deal with throughout his ministry. Jesus rejected the messiahship expected by his people. He refused to use economic, magical, or political power.