Jesus came to Jordan

Finally the day came when Jesus came to the Jordan to

be baptized. John the Baptist baptized Jesus and God Himself

spoke from heaven and proclaimed Him to be His own beloved

Son. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He

fasted for forty days and forty nights and was tempted by the

devil. But He soundly defeated Satan with the Word of God.

(See Luke 4:1-15.)When Jesus came out of the wilderness, the

power of the Holy Spirit was all over Him to preach, teach,

heal, and deliver.

 

Everywhere Jesus went during His earthly ministry, He

left a trail of people who were set free and healed, who went

away walking and leaping and praising God. We count three

people raised from the dead: the widow’s boy outside the city of

Nain (see Luke 7:11-16), Jairus’ daughter (see Luke 8:49-56),

and Lazarus (see John 11:43-45). What’s more, at the end of his

gospel, John said,

 

And there are also many other things which Jesus

did, the which, if they should be written every

one,I suppose that even the world itself could not

contain the books” that should be written.

JOHN 21:25

 

Miracles were not the only unusual occurrences in Jesus’ ministry,

however. He habitually hung out with the despised tax

collectors and sinners. He didn’t act like them, but He didn’t

condemn them or make them feel inferior either. That’s why

they loved to be around Him, because they felt He accepted

them as they were. Then, when He looked at them with eyes of

love, and taught them the truth about God, they wanted to get

rid of their sin to get closer to Him.

 

Jesus has never been repulsive like religion can be. When

you see Hollywood’s idea of what they think God and God’s people

are like — condemning, mean, angry, and uncompassionate —

you know that they get it straight from religion. Religion focuses

on your sin and condemns you for it; but Jesus focuses on setting

you free. His love and goodness lead you to repent and give you

the power to overcome the sin in your life. Religion locks you

into sin; Jesus is the lover of your soul who sets you free from

sin.

 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only

begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him

should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn

the world; but that the world through him

might be saved.

JOHN 3:16-17

 

That was His whole mission. There was never a time that

Jesus did not keep in mind the divine purpose and plan for His

life. He came with one goal, and that was to pay the price at

Calvary for your sin and my sin. He was born to die — in a

remarkable, unparalleled act of love.

 

Yet if you listen to some preachers today; you’d think that

God only sent His Son into the world to tell the world, “You are

sinners and I am angry with you. I want you to burn in the flames

of hell.” Somehow they think that this is the gospel of Jesus

Christ. Jesus never came with a message of condemnation. Jesus

came with a message of love and forgiveness. We can see this

demonstrated through the story of the woman who was caught in

adultery:

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a

woman taken in adultery; and when they had set

her in the midst,

 

They said unto him, Master, this woman was

taken in adultery, in the very act.

 

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such

should be stoned.” but what sayest thou?

 

This they said, tempting” him, that they might

have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and

with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he

heard them not.

 

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up

himself, and said unto them, He that is without

sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the

ground.

 

And they which heard it, being convicted by their

own conscience, went out one by one, beginning

at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was

left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none

but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where

are those thine accusers? Hath no man con –

demned thee?

 

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her,

Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

JOHN 8:3-11