Notes 7 The Gospels - Baptism Temptation Teachings - A5

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The Gospels – Baptism, Temptations, Teachings After the birth narratives, and at the beginning of Mark and John, the writers speak of the ministry of John the Baptizer and the baptism of Jesus. John is the forerunner of Jesus, the messiah. We see this as John comes preaching about “preparing the way of the Lord” and making “his paths straight”. His basic message is for the people to repent of their sins, receive baptism, and live righteously. He is asked if he is the messiah and responds that he is not but that the messiah is coming. Some of the people ask what he means by living righteously. John responds that those who have two coats must share with those who have none. Tax collectors ask what they should do. John states that they should not cheat anyone and be content with the tax codes. The Romans paid local people to collect taxes. But the collectors could charge whatever they wished, send Rome their share, and pocket any excess. John indicates that they should be fair and be content with their pay. The soldiers there asked what they should do. John’s response was that they should be content with their pay and not rob people because they had the power and weapons. In other words, he says that they should prove their inner change by the way they live. John’s baptism is meant to be done once as an outward sign of an inner decision and change. It is not the same as the Essenes, who re-baptized themselves whenever they confessed sins. When Jesus is 30-31, he comes to John and asks to be baptized. While John is hesitant, Jesus insists. He is not breaking with a sinful past because he has no sin to confess, but he is openly declaring a change in his life. He has made a conscious decision to leave the carpenter’s shop and begin his public ministry. It is interesting to note that, according to both Mark and Matthew, Jesus is the one who sees the Spirit and hears the voice of God after his baptism. This is important, as Jesus is about to go into the wilderness by himself and face temptation. It is the Father’s “stamp of approval” on Jesus’
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2011 for the course REL 305 taught by Professor Null during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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