Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest Prophet. He said that John’s mission had been prophesied in the scriptures. That John was a messenger/His forerunner. John lived in the wilderness.
John tried to make him change his mind, but Jesus answered, “In this way we will do all that God requires.” So John agreed. Heaven was opened and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him . Then a voice said from heaven, “This is my own dear son with whom I am pleased.”
The so-called “spiritual gospel ” which presents Jesus as the “Stranger from Heaven,” stands apart from the other three. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. It has often been called the “spiritual gospel ” because of the way that it portrays Jesus .
Jesus lived as a man. He went to John the Baptist so that He could be baptized. He did so because it was according to Father God’s will. He thus was Baptized for the REPENTANCE OF MANKIND (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34).
According to the New Testament, John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth were relatives. Some scholars maintain that John belonged to the Essenes, a semi-ascetic Judaic sect who expected a messiah and who practiced ritual baptism . John used baptism as the central symbol or sacrament of his pre-messianic movement.
His mission was addressed to all ranks and stations of Jewish society. His message was that God’s judgment on the world was imminent and that, to prepare for this judgment, the people should repent their sins, be baptized, and produce appropriate fruits of repentance.
His life would be characterized by abstinence, self -control, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. His ministry would be to turn the hearts of Israel back to the Lord to prepare them to receive the Christ. Z didn’t believe, so Gabriel gave him a sign that he would become mute until John was born.
Who was present at his Baptism? John the Baptist, the dove, and all three persons of the Trinity was present at his Baptism. What occurred when he was baptized? The heavens opened up and the voice said, “This is my beloved son.” The Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove and went to Jesus.
However, John the Baptist used water in a different way to refresh people. He baptized them in the water of the Jordan River. He baptized people in water to symbolize repentance and to prepare the way for Jesus .
Jesus ‘ name in Hebrew was “Yeshua” which translates to English as Joshua.
The Gospel of John is unique from the “synoptic Gospels ” (Matthew, Mark and Luke), so called due to their similar content. Generally speaking, the synoptics tell us what Jesus said and did; John tells us who Jesus is. The synoptics focus on the signs and sayings of Christ; John emphasizes the identity of Christ.
Throughout John’s Gospel, Jesus openly presents himself as the divine Son of God , not hiding his identity as he does in The Gospel According to Mark.
That being said, they are as follows: (1) Turning water into wine, (2) healing an official’s son, (3) healing at the pool of Bethesda (4) feeding of the five-thousand, (5) walking on water, (6) healing of the man born blind, ( 7 ) raising Lazarus from the dead.
baptized in the name of Christ alone by “special dispensation.” (Whereas many modern scholars, by contrast, interpret the saying “in the name of Jesus Christ ” figuratively instead of literally in an attempt to reconcile the two conflicting passages [Acts 2:38 & Matt 28:19]).
Jesus was crucified between two thieves in an attempt to degrade Jesus to a thief and a rebel. In short, Jesus took upon Himself the worst of everything (on the cross) as He was being substituted for the sins of humanity, so that all those who believe in Him can inherit all His richness!