A Christian Journey

Humility

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him.”  Matthew 3:13  Amplified

The first time we see Jesus as an adult is in our verse today, He has come to be baptized by John. So we see that Jesus starts His earthly ministry in humility. He is fully human and fully divine yet He submits Himself to one of His creation. His first lesson to us is to be humble.

Our pride and carnal nature have a hard time with humility, especially when the world around us tells us to take care of ourselves, don’t let anyone walk on us, we deserve all that we can get. It was the same in Jesus’ day. The Jews especially were known for being high-minded, after all they were God’s chosen people. Jesus had to set the example for us and by humbling Himself for baptism He was showing us what we needed to do.

We see that John protested baptizing Jesus, because he knew Who Jesus was, in fact he told Jesus that he needed to be baptized by Him. Jesus calmly told him to let it be so for now so that they could complete what was needed, and so John obliged. After Jesus came up out of the water a voice was heard from heaven saying, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight! As believers we should all want to hear God say, well done thou good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21).

So to be more like Jesus we need to seek humility, as well as being mindful of pride and self-defense when they pop up. Lord help me do, help all Christians do that.

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