Connecting to the Larger Story
Not much is known of Jesus' story from the time of his birth until he began his public ministry around thirty years old. Before he began his ministry of preaching, healing, and calling disciples, Jesus made his way to where his kinsman John the Baptist was already engaged in public ministry.
Important to Note
1) Jesus prepared for his ministry by being baptized by John who had already begun preaching the message of repentance because of the coming of the kingdom of heaven, a message that Jesus would repeat.
2) After his baptism and before beginning his work, Jesus went into the wilderness to face temptation in preparation for the difficult road ahead of him. He fasted for forty days and then faced three tests. With each test he uses Scripture to combat the desire to prove himself as the Son of God and to grasp his power for himself.
Thoughts for Reflection
1) Who has laid the groundwork for your life in faith?
2) Why did Jesus need to face temptation before starting his work? How do trials shape us for ministry?