The New Testament - A Brief Overview
"Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being
governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip
tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch
of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto
John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness."
Jesus Appears at the Jordan River
According to the Bible Jesus now makes his first public appearance where John
was baptizing at the Jordan River. Jesus is thirty years of age, and He comes to
John and requests to be baptized. You can almost hear the calmness in John's
powerful voice, "I have need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"
All of History Waiting for This Moment
Every great event that ever happened in the history of the world pales in
comparison to this powerful moment when the God of the universe, the creator of
all things, the Word of God in a human body is being anointed for His mission
and about to speak to the world.
"Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all
Jesus had never sinned and therefore had no need to repent, yet he saw in
John's baptism the righteousness of God. It is interesting why Jesus would be so
concerned with righteousness, the reason can be found in the words of Isaiah
about the Messiah:
"And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins ."