Following Jesus • 30 / Where the Spirit leads

Read This: Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 3:23a; Luke 4:1-13 Jesus is thirty years old. He’s just been baptized by John and anointed by God as priest and king. This event linked Jesus to another Old Testament prophecy and equipped Him for ministry. Being anointed with the Holy Spirit is not a symbolic metaphor. It’s notContinue reading “Following Jesus • 30 / Where the Spirit leads”

Following Jesus • 29 / The anointing

Read this: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22 Spiritual awakenings are rare, thus remarkable. People typically drift from God rather than toward Him — unless He kindles their desire to know Him. When “all the people” from Judea and Jerusalem rush out to hear John the Baptist’s preaching, it signals God’s involvement. It also reveals how compelling John’s message was. He described theContinue reading “Following Jesus • 29 / The anointing”

Following Jesus • 28 / The next person in line

Read this: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22 John the Baptist spent his days preparing people to meet God, challenging the proud and baptizing the humble. One day, the next person in line to be baptized was Someone he knew. It was his own cousin. Jesus. The Messiah. Startled, John pushed back. “I need to beContinue reading “Following Jesus • 28 / The next person in line”

Following Jesus • 27 / Great expectations

Read This: Matthew 3:11-12; Mark 1:7-8; Luke 3:15-18 Why did so many people flock to John? Because they longed for God — and God had been silent for a long time (Day 8). Except for that blip thirty years earlier. There had been talk of a great King (Day 19). Angels appearing to shepherds toContinue reading “Following Jesus • 27 / Great expectations”

Following Jesus • 26 / What repentance looks like*

Read This: Matthew 3:7-10; Luke 3:7-14 Prophets were big news in Bible times. They spoke for God. If you wanted to hear God, you listened to His prophet. Since John was considered a prophet, people came from everywhere to hear him. John’s message was clear — the way to God is through repentance. Not wealthContinue reading “Following Jesus • 26 / What repentance looks like*”