The Beginning of The Ministry of Jesus, The Christ
All scripture is based on Christ and points to Christ, His Pre-existence, His Deity, His Kingship, His human Birth, Life, Ministry, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, His Glorification, and His Second Coming.
This is what the Bible, scribes, scholars, and prophets wrote and taught about. All scripture points to Jesus, The Christ, for in Him is Eternal Life, and not other human being. Jesus is the only man who perfectly reflected God, The Father's likeness.
The Old Testament prophecies of The Messiah's
ministry was a mission of Salvation and Judgment. It can be concluded that
His First Coming was for Salvation and His Second Coming will be for Judgment.
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PROPHETS WHO SPOKE
FOR GOD PROPHECIES OF THE MESSIAH
In 26 A.D. the forerunner who cried out for the repentance of sin, to be made ready for redemption, was John The Baptist. He prepared the way for the saviour of mankind, Jesus, The Christ. This was necessary, so those who were to receive Christ had to be put of the right path of repentance of sins, for not being right with God offends Him. Those who had repented were ignited with enthusiasm for The Messiah by the Crier of Good News. Isaiah informed God's people of a messenger of the genuine report that God cares for His people, would spread to all peoples.
Christ brings salvation to all people, who have chosen to obey Him. This was fulfilled in Jesus' First Coming as The Person of Jesus and does also refer to now and to His Second Coming in the future. God's Word is constant, unchanging, consistent and Eternal.
John The Baptist was
sent by God to warn the people that each individual person must make their
own choice to return to God, so that God could forgive them and prepare
them for the deliverance that was about to come, which was a fulfillment
of prophecies of Isaiah 40:3-5, and Malachi 3:1, 4:56.
The acceptance of baptism was a sign that they had done
this, for God grants forgiveness where there is regret. Jews, in general,
did not associate water baptism with an act of repentance. They, especially
The Teachers of The Law of The Scriptures given to Moses,
relied upon being descendants of Abraham to be accepted by God, without
the moral and spiritual attitude as required by God towards Him.
Yet John The Baptist, was recognized by all as a Prophet of God. John The Baptist, ate simple food, had simple clothing and a very simple lifestyle as a visual protest against indulgence of the present time and of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Herodians who were supposed to be teaching God's Word, including the political party of the Zealots, all of whom were being hypocritical. He lived in the wilderness, traveling around the Jordan Valley and his baptisms represented a change of heart and sorrow for past mistakes against God, and living a more dedicated lifestyle with a need for a Saviour.
"With water I baptize those who repent of their sins: but someone else is coming far greater than I am. He shall baptize you with The Holy Spirit and Fire", preached John.
John, The Baptist, himself was a prophet and as forecast, did successfully prepare the way for Jesus' public ministry.
Jesus was 30 years old, when He was baptized by John in the Jordan River, the age that all Jewish Rabbis began their teachings and interpretations of the scriptures. Jesus traveled from Galilee to John, His forerunner. His act was that of obedience, to do things right before God-not that He needed to be baptized, nor any confession of sins- Jesus publicly identified Himself with the people He came to save and to show His agreement with John's ministry. Jesus' own baptism and His anointing by The Holy Spirit marked the beginning of His own ministry. God revealed to John, to witness that The One on whom The Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove was HIS SON-and so when this happened to Jesus, John openly testified that Jesus was 'The Lamb of God' whom God had sent, and that this man Jesus is the 'Light of the World'.
All three persons of The Trinity can be clearly seen at Jesus' baptism-(NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
The Father speaks, The Son baptized, The Holy Spirit descended. The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus to equip Him for His Ministry. Jesus' will to obey the Word of God and trust in God for all things is seen throughout His earthly ministry which was for 3 and 1/2 years. There is no room for doubt that Jesus of Nazareth is The Eternal Son of God, fulfilling prophecies Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 42:1,2. Deuteronomy 18:15.
God announced His Authority is given
to His Son. All of this psalm applies to Christ as the Son of David and
God's Anointed Son and Heir. Psalm 2
is referred to in the new Testament describing the Arrival of Christ, The
King and His Ministry in Life which established His Eternal Reign.
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Jesus was led into the wilderness
by The Holy Spirit for 40 days, fasting and praying, where He was tempted
by Satan. God used this as a test just as Israel was tested 40 years in
the wilderness. Jesus demonstrated that He was obedient to The Word of
God and used The Word of God to have Victory over temptation. The Temptations
were focused on three human vulnerable areas.
-HUNGER physical needs and desires
-BELIEF AND TRUST (Faith), that God would always prove Himself
-ABANDONMENT OF GOD'S WILL to take short cuts to reach goals. Jesus remained faithful in temptation. God will test His people but it is Satan who tempts the wrong doings. (NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
Each individual has their own will to choose.(NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
Christ is also the Servant
of God, The Father, who was to become a High Priest to a nation
of priests. As High Priest he prepared Himself to make atonement for the
sins of the world. He is to set free and deliver the world from the prison
and bondage of sin, as the prophet Isaiah mentions.
Israel and Christ are called servants of The Lord. Israel helped bring the news of Salvation to the world through their Nation was this prophesied. Jesus as Christ was fulfilled as a servant in this task, for God showed Himself to the people of the world.
Christ fulfills all the Messianic
expectations of this prophecy of Moses. The earthly ministry of Jesus,
God's Anointed One, was part of God, The Father's unique representation.
Jesus was the Ultimate Prophet.
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