All About Jesus!

Ben Harris | Apr 16, 2023

Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17 , 5:17-20 , 11:25-30

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.(A) 14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?”

15 Jesus answered him, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John allowed him to be baptized.

16 When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. The heavens(B) suddenly opened for him,[a] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him.(C) 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”(D)

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  1. 3:16 Other mss omit for him

Christ Fulfills the Law

17 “Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.(A) 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter[a] or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.(B) 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

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  1. 5:18 Or not one iota; iota is the smallest letter of the Gk alphabet.

The Son Gives Knowledge and Rest

25 At that time Jesus said,(A) “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants.(B) 26 Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure.[a] 27 All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires[b] to reveal him.(C)

28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.(D) 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me,(E) because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.(F) 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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  1. 11:26 Lit was well-pleasing in your sight
  2. 11:27 Or wills, or chooses

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