Jan. 17 2020
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 proper 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.” -Matthew 3:13-17
Verse 13 of our text tells us that this sinless Jesus came down to connect with the sinful masses gathered with John the Baptist at the Jordan. The text says; then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan. I know you are asking how does this text illustrate his downward descent? Get a map! There you find that Jesus’ home of Nazareth was in the Galilee which was the northern part of Palestine, Samaria was the central part of Palestine and Judea the southern part of Palestine. John was baptizing in Bethany, which is in Judea, the southern part of Palestine. The Galilee was approximately 30 miles from Bethany. To get to John and the sinful people seeking justification at the Jordan, Jesus had to travel 30 miles south from his hometown of Nazareth... He travelled down 30 miles to minister to people like you and me. He traveled down 30 miles to minister to liars. He traveled down 30 miles to minister to cheats. He travelled down 30 miles to minister to gossipers and other violators of God’s law. He didn’t drive from Nazareth to the Jordan. He was not chauffeured from Nazareth to the Jordan. He didn’t call a Lift or Uber to take him to the Jordan. He walked 30 miles on foot to meet John at the Jordan. He walked that distance because like Joseph and Moses he had been dispatched by God to deliver his people from the devil.
Not only did he descend physically he also came down to dwell with persons who had not yet achieved his standing before the Eternal… That’s unusual. Sometimes people who have achieved much only want to be around those who have achieved much. Sometimes highly educated people only want to be around highly educated people. Sometimes the well-travelled only want to be around the well-travelled. But Jesus sought out sinners even though he was sinless.
For 30 years Jesus lived among sinful people and never sinned... He was born without sin! He lived without sin! He worked without sin! He mingled with his brothers and sisters and extended family without sin. He was able to do what Adam could not do. He always satisfied God’s standard. Now we see this sinless Jesus descend to dwell with those seeking justification at the Jordan River. Why was he there? He was there because he’s a God who goes to great extremes to connect with us. Have you connected with him?
Yours In Community Transformation.
Rev. Gillard S. Glover
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