DWD 013: Jesus Is Baptized

Daily Worship Devotionals 013

On the liturgical calendar, the baptism of Jesus is traditionally commemorated on the second Sunday of Epiphany.

Reading from Matthew chapter 3:13-15

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

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DWD 012: Waiting Is The Hard Part

Daily Worship Devotionals 012

Reading from Luke 2:25 after baby Jesus was presented in the Temple. 

25-32 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was pious, righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God: (MSG)

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DWD 011 | The Fruit of Repentance

Daily Worship Devotionals 011

The Fruit of Repentance

Consider Luke 3 verse 8 (Amplified Translation)

“8 Therefore produce fruit that is worthy of [and consistent with your] repentance [that is, live changed lives, turn from sin and seek God and His righteousness].”

We started with this passage in Episode 9.

John the Baptist was very direct and somewhat harsh in pointing out what needed to be changed in the people. 

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DWD 010: The Kingdom of Heaven

Daily Worship Devotionals 010

Matthew 3:2

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Now in the last episode, we were looking at the message of John the Baptist in Luke 3, which is also recorded in the synoptic gospels of Mark 1 and Matthew 3.

Matthew’s version has a few extra details which are worth discussing, most notably this phrase “the Kingdom of heaven”

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DWD 009: Repent and Bear Good Fruit

Daily Worship Devotionals 009

Luke 3: 1-12 NIV, MSG, CSB

The word of the Lord came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

    make straight paths for him. 

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DWD 008: Wisdom Begins With Worship

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 008

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 1:7

As a young boy, Jesus would have grown up learning all of the Scriptures we know as the Old Testament, so he would have the Torah, the Proverbs, the Psalms and Prophets to learn from.

And for sure he would he have known Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

In fact, since Jesus was the Word, he would have embodied it’s very meaning.

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