A hometown boy… our kids were in soccer together, knew his mom (sweet girl), and his dad? That cabinet maker down the street. Oh yeah, he was a good boy, obedient to his parents and respectful, smart too. Ordinary people, not rich or distinguished… I mean they live in Nazareth, after all… Does anything “great” come out of Nazareth?
And then we begin to hear rumors that this hometown boy is something special… more than a mere man… rumors are he might be the “Messiah!” Really? I mean, he lived in that little house just down the street!
Who is Jesus anyway? I mean who is he REALLY?
Some people are telling an incredible story… They are pretty insistent about what they saw and heard…
That guy John Baptist … a prophet type… People are flocking to hear him and be baptized, confessing their sins…
Story is Jesus went to be baptized by him… and this is the story – the testimony of eyewitnesses…
“When Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’” (from Luke 3:21–22 ESV)
Wow! A heavenly dove, a voice from heaven – a powerful voice from heaven… God’s voice! “You are my Beloved Son!” Really?
Luke, the physician, says, “When Jesus began his ministry, at about 30 years of age, it was supposed that he was the “son of Joseph,” that cabinet maker down the street! And then Luke traced the lineage of Jesus – the hometown boy… he traces it all the way back through David the king, then Abraham, Noah, Enoch, and then Adam, the “son of God.”
Son of God! Can you believe it? Jesus, that kid down the street! Son of God?
Can you identify with the challenge Jesus’ neighbors faced?
People still struggle with “Who Jesus really is” today! Me? Well for my part, I’m going to accept the eyewitness account of those who were at His baptism and heard God’s voice from heaven… “You are my beloved Son – with You I am well pleased!” I believe He is God’s Messiah – Son of God! He’s more than the physical son of Joseph… I mean after all, the story is, an angel appeared to his mother Mary, a virgin, and told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God!” (Luke 1:35) That’s what I believe!