Sorry, but the mother in me had to use this Lego video as my children love them and especially love making their own. But the question for today as we are exploring the topic of Dying to Live is this:
Did Jesus really have to be baptized?
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. But John tried to stop Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?’
Jesus answered him, ‘Allow it for now because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him to be baptized.” Matthew 3:13-15
I wrestled over and over regarding how Jesus’s baptism would represent anything He would have to die to in order to live. Actually, there is a question mark in my bible next to this verse that I put there back in August before Dying to Live was even a thought in my mind. Why would Jesus say, “allow it for now” and did Jesus really need to be baptized? The Lord in His timing and in His gracious way put my spirit to rest with these words just yesterday:
Jesus died to His New Position.
The first two days of our Dying to Live 31 Day challenge discussed the issue of Christ dying to His high position as well as His low position. Today as you have already seen and read Jesus is about to step into a new earthly position. He is going to leave His private life as a carpenter’s son and step into a public role where He will be called many things. So how will Jesus embrace this new role? Will He take over in a demanding manner? a rude manner? a hurry up and move over manner?
While Jesus had every right in heaven and on earth to begin His earthly ministry without anyone telling Him how, when, where, or why, Jesus assumed His new role in a gracious way. Jesus affirmed John’s ministry while affirming His own. This new roll would fulfill prophecy written over 400 years before His time.
Jesus’s gracious way in stepping into His new roll allowed John to imitate the same when John found himself directed to take a new role as the lesser of the two. In so doing, John’s calling was fulfilled.
“After this, Jesus and His disciples went to the Judean countryside, where He spent time with them and baptized. John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized, since John had not yet been thrown into prison.
Then a dispute arose between John’s disciples and a Jew about purification. So they came to John and told him, ‘Rabbi, the One you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing—and everyone is flocking to Him.’
John responded, ‘No one can receive a single thing unless it’s given to him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of him.’ He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:22-30
What does this mean for us? When God calls us into a new role or position how do we step into it? Do we step over people or do we first step down in humility?
“Surrender means we must be emptied before we can be filled. We must DIE TO LIVE; give it all up to gain. No great work anywhere by anyone at anytime has ever come about without surrender. For His kingdom to come, our kingdom must go.” The Power of Prayer and Fasting by Ronnie W. Floyd
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