We can trust Jesus with our lives because He loves us.

 

Matthew 3:15-17

 

Trusting Jesus is the most important decision in life.

No matter the problems you face, no matter the disappointments in life, no matter your frustrations trusting Jesus is the answer.

Even if it is Jesus you are angry at or disappointed with, trust Him.

I want us to study the life of Jesus as told by Matthew over the next few weeks.  Who is this Jesus?

When you hold on to Jesus in the midst of life’s struggles He makes a difference. You may not be happy with what is happening but you know He is carrying you through.

If you had your way you would never have any struggles or problems but that is not a reality in a fallen world.  Reality is you will have trouble, but take Heart Jesus has overcome the world.

 

John 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 

Why can you trust Jesus? Because He overcame the world.  Rest in His peace.

Having trouble doing that Jesus is patient.  Listen to the father of demon possessed child.

 

Mark 9:21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23  “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” 24  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

 

You believe – ask Jesus to help you overcome your unbelief.

 

Who is this Jesus – many people have a misunderstanding because they have not searched His word. They have snippets about Him but without a full picture people are confused.

 

Before we can see Jesus in Matthew we need to see Him before the creation of the World.

 

Apostle John tells us.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was with God in the beginning. …14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

 

Apostle Paul tells us (1 Corinthians 10:4)

Colossians 1:15  (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

Jesus claimed it also

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57  “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 58  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59  At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

 

Some talk about the pre-existence of Jesus. How could Jesus exist before His existence?  The Biblical term would be Jesus’ pre-flesh existence.  Some would call that incarnation.  Incarnation is the concept of Jesus becoming flesh, the concept is biblical but the word is not; just like Trinity.  Jesus as part of the Godhead has always existed.  He created time and then entered into time as a baby in the flesh.

 

Jesus can be trusted because He created us.

Jesus can be trusted because He became one of us.

 

Matthew 1:22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

 

Matthew is writing to the Jews and shows them the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies so as Jews they could accept Jesus as who they were looking forward to. Matthew also shows who Jesus is from His human lineage (Mt 1:1-17).

 

We learn a lot about Jesus through His genealogies.

We see that God uses the wicked and the righteous to bring the Savior into the world; He even used other nations to intermarry to bring forth Jesus, the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world.

 

Manasseh (Mt 1:10) one of the evilest kings (2 Kings 21:16);

Asa (Mt1:8) on of the most righteous kings (1 Kings 15:11);

And of course David (Mt 1:6) a man after God’s own heart

Genealogies don’t include women but Jesus’ did.

Tamar v 3 (Genesis 38, who became pregnant playing a prostitute with her father-in-law)

Rahab v 5 (Joshua 2, 6 a prostitute in Jericho before the walls fell – Hebrew 11:31)

Ruth v 5 (Ruth 1 a widow and a Moabite – enemy of God Judges 3:28)

Uriah’s wife v 6 (Bathsheba committed adultery with King David – 2 Samuel 11)

 

Matthew was writing for his Jewish audience to show that Jesus legally descended from King David and had a legal right to the throne.

Luke wrote to a Gentile audience and takes Jesus’ genealogy back to Adam showing Jesus is a not just the King of the Jews but of the world.

Some question that Luke said Joseph, Jesus’ earthly, adopted father was the son of Heli (Luke 3:23).

Tradition says that Mary had no brothers so when she married Joseph he became the legal heir of Heli and all his land. (Numbers 36:1-10 shows that the husband of daughter inherits the father’s land.)

 

A few things we can learn from Jesus’ genealogies.

God’s plan will be fulfilled even if that means using unlikely people who have a sinful past.

Jesus is like us, His forefathers were sinful and some even hated God (God with us – Mt 1:23)

Our linage doesn’t matter. Our own past doesn’t matter (look at Paul – he persecuted Christians).

 

What matters is if we will trust Jesus now.

 

Let’s jump 30 years into the future see Jesus, the God-man.

 

Matthew 3:15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

 

Jesus was about 30 according to Luke (3:23). A Levite could not work in the tabernacle until he was 30 years old (Numbers 4:23).

 

 

So at 30 Jesus’ formal ministry began when He was immersed by John to “fulfill all righteousness”.

The salvation for mankind began and would be completed 3½ years later when Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins and resurrected to life.

The Priests had to be washed before they could serve before God; they also had to be washed before they could present an offering (Exodus 29:4, 30:20).

 

Jesus’ baptism took place a few months before the Passover of AD 27 (which was on April 9th).  So maybe Jesus was baptized in January or February of AD 27 when the temperature would have been on average upper 40’s to 50’s.

 

Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

 

God was well pleased – He loved Jesus. God is pleased with you also as you enter His service, He loves you.

Know that you are loved and accepted – that is what grace is. We don’t deserve grace and love but God gives it anyway.  But God’s love and acceptance does not mean that you will not be tempted by evil or have difficult things happen to you.

 

Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

 

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Jesus can be trusted because He was tempted like us and did not sin.

That is why we can go to Him in our time of need and find help.

Jesus knows how to fight Satan and his temptations. Satan’s MO didn’t change from the Garden of Eden with Eve to the Wilderness with Jesus or for us in Brookville.  Satan lies and appeals to our flesh, he appeals to our eyes, and he appeals to our pride.

Satan wants us to think that he is good, truthful, loving, and all powerful.  That is how he deceived Eve and how he tried to deceive Jesus.  He tells you and I the same lies because that is all he does.

 

John 8:44 (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

John 10:10  (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; (Jesus) has come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

When you believe the lies of Satan you will be destroyed. When you believe the truth of Jesus, when you trust Him you will have a full life; a full life now an eternal life with Him when you leave this world.

 

In order to follow Jesus, we need to know His word – that is how Jesus resisted Satan’s temptation in the wilderness and that is the only way we are going to be able to resist his lies now.

 

Satan will quote scripture; he did to Jesus. Satan quoted God to Eve and gave a wrong interpretation.  Don’t be deceived when he twists the truth to something you want to hear.

 

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15  It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

 

How well do you know the word so you are not deceived by Satan’s lies?

If you don’t read and study your Bible regularly (daily would be preferable) if you don’t gather with your church family weekly – Sunday School, AM & PM Worship, and Wednesday Bible study you are inviting disaster in your life. You have to prepare to defend yourself.

 

1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

 

What would you do if you need someone was hunting you down to hurt you and your family? You would prepare yourself, you would arm yourself and you would be on high alert.

Satan is out to destroy you.  He wants to kill your soul, he wants you in Hell with him.  He doesn’t play fair or by the rules, he bites and kicks.

 

I don’t want you to read the Bible so you can quote more passages.

I don’t want you to attend more services so we have a bigger crowd.

I want you to be prepared to protect your soul and to protect your family from the one who is trying to destroy you.

 

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. …13  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground,

 

You can stand your ground like Jesus did. As a Christian we have God the Holy Spirit in us to help us.

 

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

 

Do you know what happened when Jesus resisted Satan’s temptations?

Matthew 4:11  Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

 

Satan left and angels came.

 

Do you know what will happen when we resist the Satan?

James 4:7  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Satan will flee (do angels come and attend us – we will discuss a little bit tonight)

 

The key to life is submission to God – Trust Him in every aspect of your life.

 

Jesus loves you – He created you, came and lived with you and He died for you.

He is worthy of our trust – Will you trust Him today?

 

Will you surrender your will? Will accept that Jesus knows better than you how to run your life?

Do you believe Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sins?

Will you be immersed into Jesus to accept His righteousness?

Come be baptized and have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of God the Holy Spirit