The King Goes Public
During this two-week series on Matthew 3 and 4, we will take a closer look at Jesus, the great King, at the very beginning, tracing key events such as His baptism, the temptations in the desert, and His very first message to the public.
As Matthew puts it, in those days just before the Messiah, in the days just before the Great King was to step out on a public stage, preparations had to be made. But in this case, it is the everyday people themselves who had to prepare.
Jesus will take upon himself the role of a servant. He will stoop down and wash the feet of His disciples. He will say that the son of man came not to be served but to serve. In the end, He will be utterly humiliated as He is slandered, beaten, tortured and killed. His baptism is but the first symbol of His willingness to take the road of humility.
When Jesus began His public ministry, He was keenly aware that, not only would He preach to great crowds, but He would handpick a group of select men whom He would give the title “apostles”. He would train them and to them, He would entrust the task of taking His gospel to the entire world.lic.