Why Jesus?

Sunday (1/29), gather with your church family as we continue our new series in the gospel according to Matthew (3:1-17). It is the first of four gospels that chronicle the birth, life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Thirty years had passed between chapters two and three. Then, Jesus grew up in Nazareth under the watchful eyes of His adoptive Father, Joseph, and His Mother, Mary.
During this time, Augustus passed from the scene and was succeeded by Tiberius Caesar. Herod the Great is gone, and his sons ruled throughout the region as Governors; Herod the Tetrarch of Galilee, Philip tetrarch of Iturea, and Lysanias, tetrarch of Abilene. Pontius Pilate was the Governor of Judea. Annas and Caiaphas were high priests.

And it came to pass that John arrived on the scene out of nowhere. He began preaching and baptizing near the river of Jordan. His message was unlike anything Israel had heard. Crowds traveled from all over the region to come and hear his message. It is believed that more than a million, some of whom had traveled more than a hundred miles went into the desert to experience the voice of one that sounded like thunder.

What was John’s message? It was a call to repentance and to prove their change of heart by baptism. A proclamation that God would hear and receive those who repented and judge those who refused. And, when questioned if he was the One whom the Old Testament Scriptures prophesied, he replied no, he was the one whom was the forerunner called to prepare them for the Messiah’s arrival.

One day, as John was preaching, Jesus appeared. He walked through the crowd and went to the water to be baptized. At this moment, John realized that the One he had been preaching of was now standing before him. His whole ministry had come to a climatic moment. So then, in prophetic fulfillment and
obedience to God, he baptized the Son of God, who began His earthly ministry.
I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube:  Calvary Inverness); (website: calvaryinv.com

In His Strong Love,

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