KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the living word of God. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God”. He took on flesh and dwelt in the midst of men. (John 1:14). He is God who became man. His words are weightier, richer, enlightening, blessing and what have you? It is therefore a great blessing to look and reflect over some of the amazing words that poured forth out of His gracious mouth to us. In our next series of studies we would be considering some of the statements Jesus made, either in private to individuals or public to a mass of people.
We would consider a statement Jesus made to John the Baptist at the river Jordan during a baptismal service. When the Lord approached John to be baptized by him, John hesitated and said “………I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? The Lord also answered back saying “Suffer it to be so now for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness”. This is a very remarkable statement from the master. John had earlier said, to the crowd that he only baptised with water, but the one who was coming after him will baptise with the Holy Ghost and with fire. And even he is not worthy to lose the latchet of his shoes”. John knowing who Jesus was could not think of baptising Him, but God had designed and purposed it to be so. Our Lord described it as fulfilling all righteousness. Dear reader, it is not what people say, or what they want from you that must be done. It is always what God has instituted to be done. The Lord’s statement reveals what true humility is all about. Humility is how much a man is ready to honour the word of God irrespective of what men think or say.
Many people live by the titles they have and would not be prepared to do something simple or so called condescending. To some of us ministers, how many of us would be ready to accept an invitation to a small congregation who would not be able to give you a fat honorarium when you know very well it is God’s will to go. Africa is poor because people who control power have been intoxicated with power. How can the under development stop when people want to build mansions out of one governmental project?
Living is all about honouring God in all we do. I will seek always to do what God says irrespective of how simple, humiliating it may appear. All that matters is pleasing the Lord.
Revelation 4:11 ” Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”.
Hebrews 10:7, 9 ” Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second”.