Remember Your Baptism
Jesus asked for baptism from John and a glorious even occurred. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus setting him forward in his ministry as the chosen one of God. Immediately following this uplifting event, Jesus is led into the wilderness and is tempted by Satan. At the very moment that Jesus receives understanding about his ministry and gifts, he must suffer through the pain of being tempted.
Jesus had gifts from God to perform the miracles Satan was requesting. Satan was tempting him to use the gifts God had given to do something contrary to God’s will.
In the final temptation, Satan attempts to lead Jesus to compromise. The world that Jesus came to save could be his in the wink of an eye if Jesus was willing to compromise on his commitment to God.
Temptations will come to us asking that we use our God-given gifts in a compromising way. This sometimes even occurs following major events in our lives when we should be very committed to God. But, it is then that we are even more tempted to follow our own will. Temptation is not meant to cause pain or sin, but to challenge us to be better stewards of our gifts and the way we are committed to using those gifts in God’s world.
—Ms. Jodi Rush
- What is the importance of Jesus, who is without sin, receiving baptism?
- How does this act set the stage for the rest of Jesus’ ministry?
- Who has been “John the Baptist” in your life? What words or actions did this person use to help prepare you for the future?
- What needs are at the heart of all temptations? How does this compare to Jesus’ temptations?
How Do I Act?
- With several other people, write two or three challenges that face the group in their ministry in the year to come. Determine a plan of action to meet these challenges. Keep this information where it can be referred to throughout the year.
- Write down four major starting points in your lives. Share these with someone else. Note the occasions when a high point in your life was followed by a low point.
- In a commitment to help others during a low point in your life, offer transportation to a cancer patient going for treatment or others in need of health care.
- Pour some water in a bowl and meditate on it symbolizing your baptism. Think about your own story of your baptism. You may want to share that story with someone else. If you were too young to remember your baptism and have not heard stories from your family, ask them about your baptism or imagine how it might have been.