Jesus’ life and ministry, and ours

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13 January, 2019Rod James

The life and ministry of Jesus was, and still is, governed by four things that happened one after the other: his baptism, his anointing in the Holy Spirit, his temptation in the desert, and his ministry in the power and authority of Holy Spirit. These four things have the same place and significance in the life of a Christian. We are baptised into Jesus Christ, anointed with the Holy Spirit, tested by evil forces, and then share in Jesus’ ministry today. There is no neutral place, but we can be victorious by his grace.

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’

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