Sunday, March 13, 2011

Into the Desert Day 70

We have just a short time in Matthew. How can I possibly get it all in? L How do you do an overview of the ministry of Jesus in just a few short days? Impossible! So, I will try and hit some highlights of the book.

Jesus’ ministry actually starts in the Jordon river being baptized by John. When he came up out of the water the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God come down in the form of a dove. The dove landed on him and out of heaven came a voice, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased”.

This brings up a question in my mind. Is this the first time since birth that Jesus hears his Father’s voice? Twice in scripture it says that Jesus grew and became strong, filled with the Spirit and that the favor of God was upon him. Lk 2:40

When did Jesus understand he was God’s son? Perhaps this seems like a silly question to you but I am challenging all of us to think about the possibilities. Jesus is now ready at the age of 30 to start his public ministry. Is it possible that God speaks to him out of the clouds as encouragement to Jesus? Perhaps God wants to remind him that together they will turn the world upside down? Perhaps Jesus needs the courage to walk into the desert and this is a reminder that his Father will walk right with him during this first really big trial with Satan. Is this the first time Jesus hears his Father’s voice? I think when I get to heaven that will be one of the questions I have for God.

We know that God’s Spirit walked into the desert with him. When we face trials and we will face trials, it is important to remember that God’s Spirit is right there with us. He will never leave us. He will face down Satan and the trials and temptations we are given will be faced with His Spirit inside of us. So the next time you are about to walk into the desert, take heart, you my sweet sister are not alone!

Jiller

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

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