A. Jesus shows the humility he will give to those he baptizes.
Jesus, with the power of the permanent-baptism, shows humility by coming to John, with the power of the preparatory – baptism.
B. Many things must “be so now” in order to “fulfill righteousness.”
What does is mean for Jesus to “fulfill all righteousness?”
Is. 53:11; Heb. 5:8-9
1. Imitate the humility of John the Baptist. (John 3:30).
2. Imitate the humility of Jesus.
C. Because of what Jesus is doing, the command to imitate is under grace, rather than law.
-Imitation is not about a new rule but about a new nature.
-You imitate by grace.
-the Father loving you, the Son to imitate, the Spirit empowering.
D. What the eternal Son never experienced, the incarnate Son learned and fulfilled—obedience.
3. Delight in the Trinity.
The Trinity is good news: John 14:23-27; 15:26-27; 1Pet. 1:1-2
E. Jesus begins his earthly ministry by taking up a time – based office of the Davidic king, but doing so as one who is eternally divine, lacking nothing of the nature of God.
“That which is assumed is healed.”