The significance of John's message to the nation of Israel is only heightened when we see that he is baptizing. Yet it is important to remember the audience of his proclamation was not Gentiles, but the Jews, the physical descendants of Abraham. This episode examines the importance of baptism and how offensive it would have been for John to call the Jews to be baptized.
Joshua Hawkins is a Bible teacher committed to proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He carries a deep desire to see both Jew and Gentile honor Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, worship Him as the one true God, and live as sojourners eagerly waiting for his return and rule from Jerusalem. Josh currently ministers as a full-time campus pastor at Texas A&M University.
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Lord Jesus, you are that promised "seed" from Genesis 3, you are the Christ, that long-expected king from David's line as you promised to him in 2 Samuel 7, you are that prophet like Moses that will turn Israel back to the Lord their God, and you are Adonai, the very God of Israel made flesh.
As another year passes and I slowly succumb to your curse on humanity to return to the dust from which you made us, give me still more wisdom and understanding of the bigger story that my...Read more
“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
(Colossians 1:27–28 ESV)
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a...
The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?
Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and...
The church and the state have become increasingly entangled since Constantine's rise to power in Europe in the early 4th century. Theologians call this time the Constantinian shift where Christianity was adopted as the state religion of the Roman Empire. As Christianity was legalized, persecution virtually stopped. The...