The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:3:13 @ Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

kjv@Matthew:3:14 @ But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

kjv@Matthew:3:15 @ And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

kjv@Matthew:3:16 @ And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:


Note: Yesterday we saw the type of baptism most any needing man of any faith or persuasion would allow himself to be part of. Today we see a baptism of an entirely different type all together that no man until Jesus would or could put himself to. Because of the life long baptism Jesus will put himself to, the end product will be the baptism made available to us in the Holy Ghost that John made mention of in his prophecy and public declaration.

What is man believing/doing?:

The human mind works the way the human mind works. It places expectations on the way things should be or occur, differentiating right from wrong by such means. Where these expectations come from to begin with is the matter today that we are most interested in. Even the "greatest prophet born of woman" is not immune from this mechanism.

We see the mechanism at work in our daily lives so much so that it goes on undetected and unchallenged. At times the discernment it manufactures is right (or mostly right). At times the discernment produced is wrong (or horribly wrong). Most of the time it is stationed somewhere in the middle where it is what it is and doesn't present frequent problems until that is it comes to the considerations of God and God's doings. Then instead of being a derivative of common experience/trial and error/education or upbringing it is a outgrowth of a shot in the dark/a defense mechanism/similarity to what we would do. There is no relative experience therein to draw from.

Jesus then is a model of an entirely different form of reasoning comprised entirely of "the Father said do it" and "I have come to do the will of my Father". Such reasoning eliminates the false reckoning of the more error prone human form. The problem for us is in knowing what the Father has said and then having the guts or personal fortitude required to do that.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

It is obvious that the influence behind this is man's detachment from the truest image of God. Jesus would later say that "no one knows God, but the Son and whom He reveals HIM to". We however do not operate from the standpoint of not knowing, we operate from the presumption that we do know Him and therefore HE will operate according to our expectations. Baptism then is the perfect symbol of righteousness because it symbolizes not what we are able to know or are able to do, but what we allow ourselves to obey beginning with the surrender of all things even our lives to God.


This is our first actual meeting of Jesus. The anticipation of this moment on our part is no doubt matched by the planning for this moment on His. This is to be His first and most lasting impression. This is the royal emblem intended to be stamped upon all the remaining gospel context, the overall picture we are to consider all other glimpses of Him in.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. If John's expectations don't quite match Jesus' on this one preliminary matter, imagine how stray our's are on this and the many more to come. If Jesus was intending to come meet all of our expectations there would be no way of doing that; they differ too broadly and are vain (if not wicked). Instead Jesus is immediately drawing our attention to His complete surrender and submersion into the Father's expectations.
  2. Our expectation is largely that He serve us, that He will be and do what most closely resembles our image of Him, what we deem as being right. His expectation is that we serve Him, that in order to serve Him we have to follow His example surrendering and submersing ourselves just as completely into His expectations. Our most consistent struggle understanding His teaching/sanctification will be along this very point.
  3. No one's expectation portrayed in the gospels is any closer to the true Jesus from the start than John's, yet we see here and at other points that even his image is humanly clouded. The Lord had to stretch his vision and understanding, therefore his surrender (suffering it to be for now) as well.
  4. If our image of who He is and what He has come to do and how He is going about it is vain, then our image of who we are in Him and what we are to do in Him is vain as well.

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