This is the start of a new series, Learning Under Jesus. The question is why should we even pay attention to a 1st Century carpenter/rabbi? There have been many moral teachers who have taught similar principles. Which underscores the universality of some moral laws.
Jesus is different. He is the author of it all, where the other guys were just readers of it.
Let’s Start At The Beginning
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
How’s that for cred? If we truly believe this, why on earth are we not paying attention and following this guy?
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The last of the old-school prophets came in the form of John the Baptist. Before he was even born, his mission was to point to Jesus, to prepare people.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Jesus was coming to give everyone a chance to be adopted into God’s family.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
He came, fully human, fully God; God the Son taking on a human nature to be the Son of God.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
God walked among us.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
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.”
John knew the purity of Jesus and was humbled. The Kingdom of God is here and God announces it as Jesus takes on his role as the Messiah. Come along with me as we follow and learn from Jesus from start to end.