“Very truly, I tell you, no one can
see the kingdom of God without
being born from above.”
– John 3:3

Main Point

At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus went down to the Jordan River to be baptized. As he was coming up out of the water, God’s spirit descended on him in the form of a dove and God announced to the world that Jesus was God’s beloved Son. From that high point, Jesus went immediately into the wilderness to face three temptations. He didn’t give in to those temptation or take the easy road in his ministry. Instead, Jesus went out from there to teach, heal, confront, comfort, and challenge all he met to be born anew and live in faith, hope and obedience to the will of God.

Three Things To Watch For. 

  1. Jesus Baptism.

  2. Jesus Wandering in the Wilderness

  3. Nicodemus

Why Was Jesus Baptized?
Was Jesus not Saved?
Why did Jesus Go into the Wilderness?
Why was he Tempted?
Who is Nicodemus?
When did he Visit Jesus?
What did Jesus Tell him?

Terms This Week

Baptism: The Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth.
Born Again: Regenerated; renewed and having received spiritual life.
Born From Above: New life coming through Baptismal water and the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist: Cousin of Jesus, he converted many, and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. He baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his followers to follow Jesus.
Wilderness: A remote place of solitude. In this case, the place Jesus went to reflect, refocus and pray.

Remember One Thing

The same Holy Spirit that came to Jesus in his baptism came to you
in your baptism, naming you and claiming you.

Online Resources

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