THE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Daily Bible CoverDon't we all like to be announced?   There are so many ways any of us could be introduced or announced.  Alan, my husband could be announced or introduced as an incredible artist, or the man of 100 voices, or a stand up comedian.  I think my announcement or introduction could be the woman with a lot of joy who loves people!

How about John's introduction of Jesus?  "Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!"  Shortly after that, the Devil tempts Jesus and his questions are all "If you are the Son of God", and then brings the temptation.  I love the way Jesus answers with scripture.

My commentary introduces Jesus the Nazerene.  The politics of Jesus' day forced Joseph to move his family around.  From Bethlehem they fled to Egypt.  Their return to Israel found them skirting Judea, finally resettling in the relatively peaceful region of Galilee, in the town of Nazareth.  Matthew sees God in these moves.  Micah 5:2 had predicted Jesus would come from Bethlehem.  Matthew cites another prophecy, "He shall be called a Nazarene" as being fulfilled when Jesus moved to Nazareth; 2:23.

At that time to be called a Nazarene indicated utter contempt for that person.  When Nathaniel heard that Jesus came from Nazareth, he scoffed, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?"

Jesus was despised by many Jews simply because of where he came from.  And even his deciples initially harbored such feelings for a person from Nazareth.  This all fits several old Testament prophecies of the Messiah's humble character.  Ps.22-6-8; Is. 42:1-4.

John told the people when asked if he was the Messiah, that he was not, but the Messiah was so much greater than he that He would baptize with fire.

I believe that as believers, Jesus announces us to God as his special ones.  He has gone through everything and more that we have gone through.  He is proud of us as we serve Him.

What a wonder to know we belong to Him!