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We Are Sunnybrook Day 46

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Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17  Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is fitting for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 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.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Devotional: We looked briefly at Jesus’ baptism yesterday, but have you ever considered why Jesus was baptized?  During this time, people were coming to John the Baptist and being baptized for the repentance of their sins.  John was floored when Jesus approached him to be baptized, saying, “I need to be baptized by you and you come to me?”

John recognized Jesus as the Messiah, the perfect, sinless, spotless lamb of God.  In fact, he was the one who acknowledged Jesus as such:  “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:21. So why would the perfect, spotless Lamb of God submit himself to be baptized by John?

Jesus’ reply to John gives us some understanding: “Let it be so now; it is fitting for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

It is fitting. That is why he is doing it. It is fitting. What is fitting? Fulfilling all righteousness is fitting.

Clearly, Jesus saw his life as the fulfillment of all righteousness. The fact that participating in a baptism of repentance, even though he had no sins to repent of, in part, shows that the righteousness He wanted to fulfill was the righteousness required not of himself, but of every sinful man.

 So he joined fallen humanity, for whom he was providing righteousness by sharing their baptism.  Yet another display of Jesus’ humility and willingness to submit and yield himself to His Father’s will. 

 And His Father was greatly pleased.

 Reflect:

  • What do you make of Jesus submitting himself to be baptized, despite the fact He was sinless?
  • What joy has been yours as you have followed His example?

We Are Sunnybrook Day 45

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Scripture: Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Devotional: Today’s passage gives us an important element of our commitment to Christ:  repentance. To repent literally means “a change of mind; to feel regret or contrition.”  It’s translated from the Greek word metanoeo, and gives this idea of changing one's mind for better, heartily amending with abhorrence one's past sins.  It’s more than just feeling sorry, it’s changing for the better as a result of that sorrow. 

The amazing part about this change is that you don’t have to do it alone.  This passage reminds us that when you repent and trust in the name of Jesus Christ, you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Every believer receives this gift, and it is by the Holy Spirit that you are empowered to walk in a new life. 

Remember when Jesus promised this gift to His disciples? “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Advocate) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you…But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”John 16:7,13

Consider Jesus’ baptism:  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.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

What a beautiful picture to envision in your own baptism as God’s Spirit comes to dwell in you.  Whether that was recently, years ago, or you have yet to be baptized, reflect upon the power of the Holy Spirit affirm you and to guide you into all Truth.

Reflect:

  • Take time to reflect upon the power of God’s Spirit to affirm you and guide you into all truth. Are you listening to His voice?

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