The baptism of Jesus was an inauguration as well as fulfillment of Scriptures. The anointing of the Holy Spirit physically represented as a dove coming down from heaven and lighting on Jesus’ shoulders directly fulfilled Isaiah 61:1. We will read in chapter 6 that Jesus goes to His hometown of Nazareth. What we get from the other Gospels is that He read Isaiah 61:1-2 as part of His proclamation of the start of His ministry (Luke 3:14-30). It wasn’t received well… But, the LORD had a plan and He was working His plan.
- v14-15 He began to preach that the kingdom of God has come near. How is that? Well, HE is God and He has come near! Pretty straightforward, really.
- v16-20 He began to call His disciples: Peter and Andrew, James and John. For a more detailed account, read John 1 and Luke 5:1-11 (in that order).
- v21-28 Jesus began to “prove” His deity by performing miracles. Note verse 27, “He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”
- v29-34 Jesus healed all who would come to Him. He still does! The statement in verse 34 about Jesus not letting the demons speak because they knew who He was is important. It lets us know that Jesus’ mission was secret and was to be kept from the evil one. We learn in 1 Corinthians 2:8, “None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
- v35-39 We can learn a lot from verse 35 by doing likewise. Connection with the Father is EVERYTHING. Jesus would receive His “daily bread” (orders for the day) during this time. Hence, His desire to move on to other villages.
- v40-45 This passage has a sad ending. It was a near-impossible command not to tell people what Jesus had done for him, especially when they asked! At the same time, there was fall-out in that Jesus could no longer move about freely. I love the last line, “Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.” Why? Because HOPE had come!
I find verse 44 interesting where Jesus told the leper to go to the priest and go through the ritual of being declared clean. IT WAS A PROCESS! It was an 8-day process that included shaving all of his hair off of his body–including eyebrows! See Leviticus 14:1-20 for details. Jesus was NOT there to “abolish” the law, but to fulfill it by becoming the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for all.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Matthew 5:17-18
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:11-14