Dr. Gregg Strawbridge - The Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:15-22)


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The Situation of the Manifestation (3:15-20) As vs. 15 states, John’s ministry had created an expectation. Would he be the promised deliverer? In only a few months all of Judea, Jerusalem, and the district around the Jordan (Mt. 3:5) had gone out to him. There was clearly a stirring of the Spirit. He proclaimed coming judgment, obedience to the Law (in the previous passage), as well as a message about the coming Messiah. “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” We learn that John had stopped preaching and “gone to meddling” in the life of Herod Antipas (called here, Herod the tetrarch). He lusted after Herodias, the wife of his brother who happened to be the daughter of Antipas’ half-brother Aristobulus, who had been married to another half-brother. Herod put away his wife for her, violating Lev. 18:16 and 21:21 and about 20 other texts. Luke indicates there was even more evil, “all the wicked things” (3:19) Herod had done. Luke wants us to have all these things in mind as the setting of Jesus baptism. Manifestations of God’s kingdom come in unexpected situations.

The Significance of the Manifestation (3:21-22) - Luke explains that the baptism was attended by heaven being opened and the Spirit descending bodily on Jesus in the form of a dove. Even more, a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” This is an extraordinary Trinitarian epiphany. The Son...

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