Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 7
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:3:1-12
What is God doing?
I believe that we've now made the initial point that God for all of this time has been doing one thing: moving towards the insertion of HIS Promised One and HIS Promised One doing all that it took to destroy the works of the Deceiver. HE is committed to redeeming man from the sentence of the death that has fallen upon Adam and all his descendants, is walking man through the process step by step and in the form of HIS Son providing a covering over man that man cannot provide for himself. The symbology presented us in nkjv@Genesis:3 is extraordinarily clear.
Jesus being this Promised One understands this baptism to be the initial obedience needing rendered to God to start off His earthly ministry.
What is man doing?
The case has now been made that man has been all along and is going to continue to do any and everything he can think of to do to produce this on his own by his own imagination/resource and sense of what is right. nkjv@Genesis:3 precisely described it as "being gods in their own eyes". We have already begun to see this in the preceding passages and we have certainly seen it throughout the documented history of the chosen nation of Israel and beyond. This trait in all man is presenting itself subtly in this passage as one John questioning the motives of the one he obviously already sees as "the one greater than I" himself right off the bat.
Jesus here is simply obeying God. God the Father has told Him to be baptized by John (note: note the ruling religious class). John supposes it has to do with sin, but Jesus certainly has not ever sinned, so what's the use? Jesus of course is doing it for no other reason than to obey God. We really don't have to go any farther than that. It would not have mattered what God had set forth as Jesus' first public obedience; in order for Jesus to perform righteousness (not just what He thought best right as that might be) Jesus was to only obey the Father's directive. That is what Jesus then did.
It is important for us from the outset of our developing acquaintance with Jesus to grasp this very fact. Throughout the remainder of these Gospels Jesus will only be seen doing precisely that: obeying God the Father's directive.
In contrast to the next passage ahead where Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness, God had not given any such directive to Jesus to jump or to turn stones to bread or anything else yet (in fact the Father was likely silent during this confrontation), it was Satan telling him to do this or that. Satan was attempting to get Jesus to step out of His obedience in order to prove by His own doings that He was the Son of God. True righteousness demands not that we prove ourselves to everyone else, but that we prove ourselves to God by our unquestioning obedience directly to Christ. That is when God confirmed HIS approval with Jesus by miraculous signs and wonders. That is when HE confirms us as belonging to Christ in tangible and sometimes miraculous ways as well.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
We often want to know why something is to be done before setting off to do it. Frequently this means that we do not do something at all for fear of not being to be able to fully rationalize it first. That is how strong our inbred need to rationalize is. Look though at all the things in our lives that we have fully rationalized before doing and the sum product of what we've been able to accomplish and you will see just how faulty and corrupted the majority of our rationalizations have proved out to be. Very little of what we have rationally justified ourselves to do approaches obedience to God; only what what thought best to do at the time.
If Jesus could be said to have a faith of His own perhaps it could be described as a faith that was attuned to the voice of God, obedient to the directive therein without the need to contaminate it with selfish rationalizations and ambiguous purposes, not being swayed by the pressures and assertions of others whom were telling Him differently than the voice He was hearing of the Father.
Oh Lord, that we might have that kind of faith in us as well!
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