Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 5 Study # 2
May 14, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<248> Thesis: Jesus was baptized. Introduction: Last week we saw that Luke was at the point in his communication with Theophilus where he intended to introduce John's "Mighty One", Who was to baptize with either the Holy Spirit, or with fire. In that study, it was our intent to focus upon the implications of the transition from John to Jesus. John did not gently fade from the scene. Instead, the evil one was permitted to cut his ministry off abruptly by having him arrested and imprisoned. It is this reality -- that it is a semi-regular revelation in the Bible that the servants of God meet with the appearance of a terrible divine defeat once their service has accomplished its purpose -- that causes a lot of turmoil in American Christians who have never jettisoned the American Dream of serving God and Mammon and ending up retired and fat and sassy with an anticipation of glory at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The truth is, however, that it has never been possible to serve God and Mammon (Jesus told us that pointedly and without ambiguity -- Luke 16:13 -- so that it is not His fault that we ignore the fact) and there will not be much glory at the Judgment Seat for those who tenaciously hold on to the Dream. Luke knew this. It was his intent to reveal Jesus Christ so that we would learn it. So, this morning we come to the first thing we are told by Luke about this adult Jesus Who taught the necessity of a single loyalty: He Who was to baptize had been baptized by John. What did he want us to learn from that fact?