Read Luke 3:21-38
1. What distinguished Jesus’ baptism from others?
2. How did God describe Jesus (verse 22)?
3. Who was known as Jesus’ earthly father (verse 23), and who was ultimately His Father through lineage (verse 38)?
Jesus was on the cusp of beginning His public ministry, and He started with baptism in a river. As He identified with people repenting of their sins, God spoke clearly. This was His dearly loved Son. And as we see in the genealogy that follows, Jesus’ line of earthly fathers goes all the way back to God the Father.
Jesus was God in flesh, born as a baby who grew into a man, all so He could identify with our sinfulness and offer a path to freedom. As we wrap up this month of Christmas readings, don’t leave without fully seeing and embracing this truth. Jesus came for you. He sacrificed for you. He bled and died for you. All so you can experience relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Spend some time reflecting on this past month of Bible reading, and thank God for the gift of Jesus. How has He revealed Himself to you specifically this month? What is He asking you to do in response? Commit to living in relationship with Him today.
Want to go deeper? Read this article for a deeper look at the significance of Jesus’ baptism and what it means for us.
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