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Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
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Matthew_12

SCRIPTURE

 

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭12:33-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.”

 
OBSERVATION-What does it say?
 
In this passage Jesus just about had enough of the Pharisees constantly questioning his every move, and slandering his name. Earlier in the chapter, the Pharisees were questioning Jesus’ tactics for healing on the Sabbath. Then in this particular passage, Jesus heals a demon possessed man who was blind and could not speak. Only to have the Pharisees accuse Jesus of getting his powers from Satan! Jesus had enough of the Pharisees foolishness! He then gives the Pharisees a piece of his mind!
 
UNDERSTANDING-What does it mean?
 
Warning: Living a Christ-filled life may also bring out the critics and “haters” in others.
 
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.”-Matthew‬ ‭10:22a
 
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.”-‭‭John‬ ‭15:18
 
There is always those people who can’t stand seeing others succeed. I think the kids now a days call those types of people, “Haters”. They can’t stand seeing other people getting the love and affection they feel they deserve. And that to me is exactly what these Pharisees are…HATERS!!! I mean here was a humble man, Jesus, who was a carpenter. He spoke and taught in a manner that made them look foolish. Jesus knew more of their laws of Moses then they did! The crowds wanted to see Jesus. That made the Pharisees feel insecure. That’s when they devoted themselves to find any little thing they can catch Jesus on, to try to shame him, and discredit all that he was doing.
 
Fast forward to today’s world. There are still people out there like the Pharisees. People who try to bring you down for following Jesus. It can be a neighbor, a family member, classmate, friend, or co-worker. The fact that we choose to follow Jesus, almost makes it seem that we have a HUGE target on our backs! These people are looking over our every move. They are trying to catch us in our most vulnerable moment to see how we will react. I guess my question to ask is, “how do we react in those moments?” Is it a way that shines the light of Christ? Or is it a way that can give our critics “ammo” against us, calling us out on our hypocrisy? Jesus simply says look at the trees fruits to determine if the tree is good or bad. What kind of fruits am I producing?
 
LIFE APPLICATION
 
Relish the fact that you have people looking at how you’re living life. It’s a great opportunity to point others towards Christ!
 
Father God, I pray for strength and encouragement for those who carry Your name. I know it can bring heavy burdens in this world. I know it can even feel that the whole world is out to get us. But I find comfort knowing that You have been through it. And I know that You will see us through it as well. I pray that whatever situation or circumstance you put us in, we can use it to bring glory and honor to Your name Jesus. May it point others to see You as well. Thank You Jesus for always having our backs. May we have Your back as well as we walk in this world. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.
 
-Moses Gaddi
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Psalm 89

SCRIPTURE
 
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
 
OBSERVATION-What does it say?
 
This Psalm was written by Ethan the Ezrahite. In 2 Samuel 7:12-17, God promises King David that there would always be a king of the Jews. Ethan wrote this Psalm after the Jews were deported to Babylon. In it, he expresses a belief that despite what he sees, he has faith that the promises described in 2 Samuel 7:12-17, will still be fulfilled. (Reference: Wikipedia)
 
UNDERSTANDING-What does it mean?
 
Ethan kept the faith.
 
The promise of God to King David didn’t seem like it was going to happen. However, this Psalm is the writer encouraging himself in the faithfulness of the Lord and His promises, despite the circumstances around him showing him something different.
 
LIFE APPLICATION
 
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
‭‭Hebrews 11:1
 
Four things about faith in these two passages:
 
-It’s impossible to please God without it.
-We must believe He exists when we come to Him.
-We must EARNESTLY seek him. Definition for earnestly in Oxford dictionary is “with sincere and intense conviction; seriously.”
-We must be confident in what we hope for, even though we don’t see it yet.
 
What faith move or prayer is the Holy Spirit asking you to make today? This is a personal question between you and God. No need to share, unless you feel convicted to and want agreement in it, please feel free to write it in the comments section.
 
-Michelle Gaddi


Matthew_10

Scripture

Matthew 10:6-8

6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: “The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.  Freely you have received; freely give.

Observation

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel: God’s intention was to reach the whole world, but beginning with Israel. There was certainly enough work to do among the lost sheep of the house of Israel to keep the twelve busy until God directly commanded them to expand their ministry.

  1. Who were the lost sheep of Israel? In a sense, all of them were. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way. (Isaiah 53:6). Yet in another sense, there were also lost sheepthat were abused and neglected by their spiritual shepherds, the scribes, priests, and Pharisees. This is the sense of Jeremiah 50:6My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray.
  2. Because so many were so spiritually neglected, Jesus sent these apostles out. “The beginnings of the mission to the neglected ‘lost’ sheep of Israel may be found in the Capernaum feast (Matthew 9:10). As time went on Jesus felt increasingly the pressure of the problem and the need for extended effort.” (Bruce)

(7-8a) What they are to do: go out preaching and healing.

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.”

  1. As you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”: Earlier (Matthew 4:17) we were told that Jesus’ message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The disciples brought the same message Jesus preached, simply bringing it over a much broader area than Jesus could just by Himself….
  2. There is no mention of them preachingin the synagogues, only being scourged in them (Matthew 10:17). This was a house-to-house, open field, street preaching ministry.
  3. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons: The disciples both had a message to preach and a power to display. In this, they were truly followers of their Master.
  4. The authority for these disciples to raise the deadis remarkable; yet the later fulfillment of it was recorded in both Acts 9 and 20, and there were no doubt other unrecorded instances. We have no evidence that either such a thing was common, or that this authority has been permanently withdrawn. It is wise for Christians today to both believe in God’s power to do such miracles through His people, and to not be too quick to believe unsubstantiated reports of such miracles.

Excerpt from Enduring Word Bible Commentary: Matthew 10

https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/matthew-10/

Understanding

Two things that struck me as I read this morning… 

God’s love is big and wide and to be shared with all; even so, sometimes he desires our focus to be specific.

While the ultimate mission as Christ followers is to multiply Christ followers without discrimination (ie there is not one person that God does not want to have relationship with, so we should share His message and love with all those we can), there are times where God calls out – or lays upon our hearts – a specific person or group of people.  Here it was Israel. 

The kingdom of heaven is still near for those who believe and, as a result, God’s power is still present among us…meaning miracles still happen.

As we prepare to send another group to India, it’s with anticipation of wonders being done and a knowing that God will work in and through them and that MIRACLES will happen.  I can’t wait to hear the stories of how God moves.  But those stories are not just for Bible times or for faraway lands or for mountain top experiences; God’s kingdom is alive in us, meaning we can live with an expectancy to see God move in our everyday. 

Life Application

Who is your/my Israel?  Who has God laid upon your/my heart to minister to? 

Do you/I believe that we serve a God of wonders and miracles?  How might my life look different if we took a bold step forward in that belief?

God, I love the way you stir my heart, the way you lay upon my heart people, places, causes.  While I CANNOT wait to go home, I love the space and time I’ve had while away on travels…always reminded that you are not in a building or a place, but everywhere around me – regardless of city, state, country. 

May I walk with a boldness, knowing that “wonders are still what you do.”  Guide my steps, show me your heart for those I meet and continue to stir my heart and embolden my steps towards the people and places you’ve called me to. 

In your name I pray, Amen.

PS Check out this song…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLkHygFqQno

Rei 

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Matthew__9

Scripture:  Matthew 9:2-3  And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.”  And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.”

 

Observation-What does it say?  After the Sermon on the Mount, we see Jesus perform a series of miraculous healings.  And He heals people who were marginalized in the Jewish society: a leper, the son of a Roman soldier, and others who would have been quickly forgotten.  Word of these healings spread, making it harder and harder to get to Jesus. Where people once would have seen Jesus pass by in the street, there are now multitudes gathered around him.  

 

The story of Jesus healing the paralytic is paralleled in Mark 2:3-12 and Luke 5:18-26.  While seeking a physical healing, Jesus addresses a completely different issue, our sin. Juxtaposing this, the scribes and Pharisees present question his authority to forgive sins.  In looking at the two sides, those seeking Jesus and His healing, in comparison to those looking to keep to tradition and keep Jesus quiet, we see a difference in what needs to happen in our lives in order to find the forgiveness of our sins.  Simply, we need to accept God’s forgiveness, which can only be found through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

 

Understanding-What does it mean?  A few years back, I went over the handlebars while riding my dirtbike, breaking my ankle in the process.  Luckily, my friend was right behind me. I was in the practice of going out alone and rarely had anyone with me.  In finding me down on the ground, my buddy asked me what I wanted to do and the only thing I wanted was to get to the hospital.  He rode his dirtbike about four miles to his truck, loaded his bike, and then drove up the trail to pick me up. In the process, the ramp used to load the motorcycles into the truck fell out of the truck.  When he got to where I was, he didn’t waste time going back to get the ramp, but used every ounce of muscle he had to load my dirtbike in the truck without any help. He then drove me to the hospital without any questions.

 

In versions of this story offered in Mark and Luke, we see some pretty dedicated friends.  Jesus was in a house, and the crowd was deep around him. Seeing that they couldn’t walk in the front door, this group of buddies goes extreme.  They hoist a paralyzed man (read dead-weight) on to the roof of the house (and there were no elevators back then). Once there, they bust through the roof to lower the bed down to Jesus.  You have to imagine that they busted a whole in the roof that was probably four feet wide and four feet long, and it wasn’t their house. Talk about some explaining to do.

 

Two things we can learn from this.  First, we need to actively be seeking Jesus.  Earlier in Matthew, Jesus tells us we will find Him when we seek Him (7:7-12).  Secondly, faith takes community. In Proverbs 27:17, we are told to sharpen each other like iron sharpens iron.  In Hebrews 10:24 and 1 Thesalonians 5:11, we are told to encourage each other into faith. Galatians 6:2, we are told to bear each others burdens.  Essentially, we can’t do this alone.

 

Life Application  Jesus, in a world that is increasingly private and afraid of intervening, help me to have the courage to intervene when I see a friend who needs help.  Help me to encourage those without faith. And when I need the strength of others, give me the courage and trust to reach out. Even though the vulnerability can bring me fear, I know your love casts out fear.  

 

-Tyler Galloway





Psalm _86

Scripture 

 

Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

Observation 

 

Psalm 86 – a prayer of David. 

 

Understanding 

 

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love!

 

Psalm 103:8

 

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

 

Psalm 145:8 

 

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

 

Jonah 4:2 

 

…for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

The Lord, Yahweh, said this about himself when he met Moses on the mountain in all his POWER and MIGHT! These are the words he chose to identify himself.
 

Exodus 34:6

 

The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”

 

Application 

 

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

When I think of all the craziness in my life, I think on this…

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

When I seek forgiveness of my sins, my daily failures and shortcomings, I think on this…

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

When I try to comprehend how I can heal from tragedy and trauma, I think on this…

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

When I am filled with anger, rage, and sadness toward the people that have hurt me, I think on this…

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

Deborah Lee 



Matthew__7

Scripture

Matthew 7: 7-8

7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened up to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
 

Observation

As Jesus continues His sermon on the Mount, He stresses the importance of asking God to fill not only our every desire but also our needs. He even goes as far as to say that God is generous in giving and He gives to all. However, He places the initiative on us as God’s people and not on God chasing us down.
 

Understanding

Just ask!

When I was younger and went to my auntie’s house for Christmas Eve there was always a plethora of desserts. They would magically appear as the night went on, and more and more would just miraculously show up. There was/are these one cookies that are there every year, and for as basic as they are they are the hottest commodity (the little Pilsbury cookies in case you were wondering). My cousin and his brothers would always run up to the cookies take a swift look around and quickly shove a cookie in their mouth, then a few in their pocket, and then run away. It became so much of a bit that they still do it, and they are in their teenage years now. I used to wonder to myself: “Why don’t they just ask their mom for some cookies? I’m sure she’d give it to them because it’s Christmas.” 

Fast forward bit to the fast of this year. As I sat and watched all the amazing things that God did in our church I though to myself, “Why can’t I have the courage to pray for people the way that this person does?” Or… “Why can’t I be as well-spoken in front of people as that person when speaking the Good News?” And even… “Why can’t a revival or renewal like the one in Acts happen today?” As I sat there thinking these questions I got a clear picture of my cousins stealing cookies. What we as believers have in common with my cousins, is the ability to ask. We become so afraid of the answer or outcome that we neglect to ask God in the first place.

However, Jesus offers an important proposition in this chapter: God doesn’t answer the door if He doesn’t hear any knocking. He won’t answer your prayer unless you formally ask Him. What is it that you want? Even though God already knows He wants to see the effort made by you as well. He wants to check the desires your heart, but He can only do that if you ask Him to. Our city is starved for answers right now and many are providing answers to questions only God can answer. I implore you to look deep inside yourselves and ask God first before mindlessly shoving cookies in your mouth. Don’t go taking the world’s answers before asking God first.

Isaiah 22:22 “…When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.”
 

Life Application

God, help us to be people that trust you enough to ask you questions and to ask you for the desires of our heart. May we be a people bold enough to ask you for things like revival, healing, and and even courage. God I thank You that You are a gentleman, and You require a formal invitation before moving in power and grace. May more people ask for this power and grace and may You bring revival and healing in ways that only You can do. I pray for boldness in the hearts of people right now.

In Your name I pray,

Amen.

-Allison Khan



Job 10

Scripture
 
Job‬ ‭10:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 
““I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.”
Observation-What does it say?
 
In verses 1-7, Job complains of his hardships.
In verses 8-13, He pleads with God as his Maker.
In verses 14-22, He complains of God’s severity.
 
(Reference: Matthew Henry’s Bible commentary-concise)
 
Understanding-What does it mean?
 
Job complained to God and God was listening.
 
Although Job complained, he never sinned because he never once accused God of NOT being good or righteous. In verses 8-13, Job is pleading with God as his Maker, which proves that he never lost his faith. Also, Job allowed God to speak back to him, which we will all read in the weeks ahead.
 
Life Application
 
Questioning God, being doubtful and complaining is NOT a sin. Sin is when we turn our backs completely against Him.
 
One thing I’ve had to work on in my marriage is not giving my husband the silent treatment when I’m upset. I’ve become a much better communicator throughout our 11 years of marriage, but Moses would get frustrated with me when I do that because he doesn’t know what he did wrong. He loves me and wants to be there for me. Turning my back against him and giving him the slient treatment is a form of rejection to my husband.
 
That’s how I view our relationship with God. Prayer to me just means communication with God. He loves us so much and would rather have us air out what’s on our minds and hearts, than to stop praying to Him completely and give Him the silent treatment. God can handle the good, bad and even ugly of our lives because He loves us. Also, unlike fallible human beings, He never changes and never makes mistakes. He is our Rock and stronghold and refuge and is NOT an insecure Father. Also, He knows it ALL already. It’s impossible to put up masks with God.
 
If you are not being honest with God with what’s truly going on in your heart, I encourage you to let down those walls and allow Him to speak back to You through His Word. As you continue reading through Job, you’ll see what a great listener God is, as His response to His child Job doesn’t come until the end of the book. God’s response is truly epic though, but I won’t give any spoiler alerts if you’ve never read Job’s story before.
 
Dear Lord, I pray that we would communicate with You 24-7, and allow You to communicate back with us. I pray for anyone who still feels like they have to have a wall up or a mask up with You, as if You don’t know everything already. I pray that no matter how we’re feeling, we would always meditate on the truth of Your Word, that You are good and righteous through it all. May our relationship with You just get stronger as a result of letting our guard down and letting You in completely. Amen.
 
-Michelle Gaddi


Matthew_5

Scripture

Matthew 5:4,6,14a,16b
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted….
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

….

14 “You are the light of the world.

16 …let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

Observation

This chapter, and the two that follow it, are a sermon; a famous sermon; the sermon upon the mount. It is the longest and fullest continued discourse of our Saviour that we have upon record in all the gospels. It is a practical discourse…

Excerpt from Matthew Henry Commentary of the Whole Bible: Matthew 5: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/matthew/5.html

 

Understanding

I’m sure like most people in Santa Clarita right now, everything brings you back to the incident that took place on Thursday…where, our city – typically known for better schools, great bike trails and Magic Mountain – became the most recent in the headlines for a school shooting. As a result, our entire city is in mourning.

It’s unlikely that anyone experiencing this mourning would consider themselves “blessed” in the mourning part of their feelings and I won’t project that we should find the “blessing” in this situation. There’s not one; our town if forever marked, people have permanently lost loved ones and students and parents who once felt safe are experiencing unexpected fear and anxiety.

However, as we continue to come together as a community, there is a focus on loving one another, providing comfort where we can. Now, as much as ever if not more, we are called to be God’s hands and feet – extending love, comfort, mercy, kindness…

Verse 14-16 says, we are the light of the world. It’s times like these where we need to shine brightest. Being cognizant of the need to seek God, get filled up so we can pour out his love, grace, kindness, mercy on those we meet.

 

Life Application

This is not a call to rush the mourning process. People grieve and mourn differently. People in/of/around our city have been impacted differently, are affected differently, experience emotion differently. May we give ourselves and those we encounter space to grieve, mourn, experience this tragic incident in the time and way they need…but may we also look as often as we can to be a light in the world – whether it be a lamp, a spotlight, a flickering candle, whatever the situation deems appropriate – to let people know they are seen and loved, not just by us but by God.

God, tragedies are always hard to comprehend; remind us that you are here with us now. Be with those who are questioning you. Be with those that are calling out to you. Be with those who feel betrayed by you. Be with those who are fearful. Be with those who feel broken. Continue to rebuild the pieces of our city, make your presence and power known. Fill us up and empty us out as many times as it takes to touch everyone in our community with your love. May we seek you, find you and love you even more in the process.

 

In your name we pray, Amen.

Rei

 

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Job 8

Scripture:  Job 8:20-22   “Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He [l]support the evildoers.  “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting. “Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tent of the wicked will be no longer.”

Observation-What does it say?  After tragically losing everything he owns and experiencing the death of his children, Job is sitting in the counsel of those who claim to be his friends.  The first one to interject into the situation, Eliphaz, starts his plea to Job in a way many of us have heard before, “Don’t get mad bro, but…” Eliphaz then claims Job is being punished because he has helped people who were sinful.  Now in chapter eight, we hear Bildad’s argument against Job. Bildad comes right out with his belief and, in a nutshell, states, “Job, this calamity has happened to you because you are sinning.” Both Eliphaz and Bildad reasoned that God only allows bad people to experience bad circumstances.

Understanding-What does it mean?  Life, on a large scale, is full of cycles.  Take finances for example, about every ten to fifteen years there will be a cycle of recession and growth.  Having grown up with family in construction, I learned to look for this cycle. In good times, my dad would have work constantly, and in bad times, we would be lucky to be going from paycheck to paycheck.  So when I was a young adult and working in construction, right around 2006, I noticed the market was starting to turn towards recession and I got out of construction. When the recession hit in 2008, my wife and I took full advantage of it and bought a house in 2009.  But, I was a lucky one.

I remember reading newspaper articles about people who had lost so much money during the recession that they were taking drastic measures.  Many people I worked with had lost tens of thousands of dollars in the stock market and were working ungodly amounts of overtime to cover the loss.  Still others were willing to not only commit suicide, but also take the lives of their family because they believed there was no recovering from the loss.  Did any one individual that lost money in the recession cause that to happen?

When we face trying times, it can be tempting to have the first place we go to be anger and resentment towards God.  When we find that we have lost a job, gotten in an accident, or experienced the death of a family member, it is so common to ask, “What did I do?  Why are you doing this to me, God?” But, the answer isn’t always in figuring out where we sinned to deserve such treatment. Often times, we are asking the wrong question all together.

One verse that I have struggled with during my life is James 1:2 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,”  But the more and more I work through trying times, whether it be an accident and injury, trying situations at work, sickness, or a period where my kids are being a royal pain in the neck for no reason, I am learning that there can be joy found in these things.  I am also learning not to ask “what did I do?”, or “why me?”, but rather, “what are you saying to me, Lord?”
In chapter 2, when Job’s wife was trying to give him counsel, he responds to her by saying, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”  If we echo that into what James was saying in chapter 1:3-4, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”, we will find that trying times are not necessarily a sign of God’s wrath, but a sign of His love.  He allows us to go through hard times, so that we will grow closer to him, becoming more complete as we draw closer and closer to being with him in heaven.

Life Application:  Jesus be near to my heart.  Help me to accept the bad with the good.  Never let my heart turn away from an opportunity to worship you.  Help me to sing like the old hymn, “It is well with my soul.” No matter the circumstance, help me to ask, “What are you saying to me?”  Help me to know that you are near, even when I am in distress.

-Tyler Galloway


Matthew _3

Scripture 


Matthew 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”


Observation


John the Baptist had just baptized Jesus. 


Matthew 3:13-16 

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”


15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.


16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.


Understanding

Jesus didn’t need to be baptized by John, Jesus didn’t need to repent for his sins, he was without sin. 


He was here as Immanuel, God with us. 

He was here fully human, identifying with us.


So why did Jesus get baptized?


He was our example to follow. 


John 13:13-16

“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”


Application 


God is pleased with his Son. And so… I should want to do everything the Son does. If I follow his example then just maybe I will hear those words said over me… 


This is my daughter, whom I love; with her I am well pleased.

Father, thank you for your Son! Holy Spirit empower us, fan the flame that causes a burning desire to follow and cleave unto Jesus. I neeeeed to look like him! To act like him, to love like him, and speak like him! Help me to carry my cross, that I would decrease and he would increase! He knows the way to your heart, the perfect way to follow after you! In the name of Jesus, Amen! 
 
Deborah Lee