Matthew Chapter 3

Matthew 3

1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

4And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

5Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

6And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

31 thoughts on “Matthew Chapter 3

  1. v 10 “NIV “The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” It is a truth that judgement will come. It is my prayer that I will produce the good fruit of the Spirit

  2. v 15 And Jesus anwsering said unto him,
    Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh
    us to fulfill all righteousness..”

    v 17 and lo a voice from heaven, saying,
    This is my beloved Son, in
    whom I am well pleased.

    Isasiah says, behold my servant ” mine elect”
    “In whom my soul delighteth;
    I have put spirit upon Him: ISA.42
    The Servant who would suffer for His people.
    The Messiah, The one who would take our
    sins away, and fill us with His Spirit
    and live in us. Thank you JESUS
    YOU TRULY ARE WONDERFUL !!!

  3. 17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    Jesus I wnt you to be well pleased with me and my life. I want to bring you honor with my walk…

  4. 4And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

    How many of us honestly would do this . Give up everything and preach.

  5. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

    8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

    9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

    A lot of us should listen closely to this words of warning and stop being so hard headed with pride. The only way to repent is with humility, we must humble ourselves and come to the feet of our Creator for forgiveness. Let us not be like the Pharisees and Sadducees.

  6. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

    arent we glad that when we get baptised, we don’t confess our sins, instead we come out of the water and don’t even remeber what they were. Hallelujah

  7. I knew a young lady whom having just received the baptism of the Holy Spirit At first found it difficult even to say the Name of Jesus because she would begin to stagger and she told me she was on fire!Once while praying I felt as iF a Mighty wind was going through me in my belly. I pray that those receiving the Holy Spirit would also receive that fire or wind also. It made a lasting impression on me and the lady, who continued in prayer through her entire life.! Being a skeptic I find it hard to believe that one who really receives the Holy Ghost would not return{at least for a season} because of the blessing bestowed upon them,

  8. This chapter expresses humbleness and obedience. We all have way more than John the Baptist, yet he held true to his calling and to his faith in Jesus. We should all hope to be as obedient as Jesus was to John the Baptist, God almighty showed true obedience when he was baptized by John the Baptist. If we (I) can learn to be content in what the Lord has given us and/or placed us then we too will Be-Church like John the Baptist, God has given us (all) more than this humble servant. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  9. John’s dream was not for him. He knew that Jesus would baptize with the holy ghost, and yet the part he played was essential to the birth of the church.

    If he wasn’t there in his place, pentecost wouldn’t have happened.

    Our dream for this city isn’t for us, but for this city. Though we will be very excited and amazed when we see it happen, we may be part of the process to bring it about.

    Moses led them to the promise land but Joshua took them in.

    It’s not about me.

  10. 11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
    12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

  11. 11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
    12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
    He is still baptizing with the Holy Ghost and with fire today. What an experience we can have with God and in Him.
    I want to be His wheat He gathers, not the chaff burnt in the unquenchable fire.

  12. Here we see the perfect picture of submission to humility.

    14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

    15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

    John rightly feeling unworthy to baptize JESUS, submitted himself to the KING of KINGS and suffered to baptize JESUS. What a prophetic proclamation; John’s suffering was not in the water but in a prison months later when he was decapitated for the wicked woman’s pleasure.

    JESUS rightly in authority submitted himself to his own prophesies and was humbly baptized of John; thereby fulfilling the perfect picture of submission to humility.

    Humbled, Submitted and Thankful….

    BE Church

  13. John was RADICAL!!! If John showed up to one of our service’s we’d be terrified… This guy was raw. He lived in the wilderness, passionate about the Lord. He made his clothes from Camel’s Hair (triches kamelou), the custom among the common people of the day was to take an animal that had just died, such as a camel, sheep, goat, donkey, etc. and take the skin to treat the inside to prevent the decomposing and then use it as raiment, or a cloak! I’m guessing John didn’t take it down the Deskinning and Treating Shop, he probably did this himself while popping a few crunchy locusts in his mouth! So here’s this awesome forerunner for Jesus preaching repentance with the stink of blood and animal fat on him, small pieces of locust and clumps of honey stuck in his beard and his hair… many repented and were baptized! Sometimes prim, proper and polished just don’t cut it; got to spend some time in the wilderness every once in a while to find that wild man in you again!

  14. You see a progressively smaller and smaller crowd when it comes to salvation. Repentance, baptism, and infilling of the Holy Ghost come with fewer and fewer individuals at each level. John’s baptism unto repentance was obeyed by those of “Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan.” Fast forward to the day of Pentecost, only about 120 were in that upper room.

    Today you see the same thing. Many will confess Jesus and receive Him as their personal savior and try to be at least somewhat different (a sense of repentance), but not as many will truly repent, and not as many will baptize (even fewer in the name of Jesus by full immersion), and even fewer will receive the Holy Ghost (and stay filled), and probably the fewest of all will do all three.

    The world is filled with shades of “Christianity” but regardless there is still only one true church, and Jesus is coming back for a bride prepared according to His Word. The world has had enough of false doctrines, watered-down Christianity, and twisted scripture; it’s time for the church to truly be the church and show this world the truth of Christ and Him crucified.

    Refuse Compromise
    Be Genuine
    Be Church

  15. 10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    This reminds me of pastor’s message : Be Fruitful. I want to bear the fruit of the Spirit. If we bear fruit indiviually then the church collectively will bear fruit. If the church is fruitful then new life is being born and heaven is rejoicing. However, the church that does not bear fruit is cursed and dead. I don’t won’t to be cast away into the fire. Be Church, Be Fruitful!

  16. John the Baptist was bold to speak out and preach the word that he was sent to preach. We should be so bold.

  17. Verses 1-3 in the MSG read…..”While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”
    John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy:

    Thunder in the desert!
    Prepare for God’s arrival!
    Make the road smooth and straight!

    We must continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ!

  18. John was a harsh but truthful teacher. Romans 9:27-29 says only a remnant would be saved. A seamstress could make a beautifu dress and throw the leftover fabric into a bag to be left in the corner of a closet on the floor out of sight. How many churches are adorned with lavish display and dead inside. We would all wish that the whole world would be saved and I have argued with God many times over the souls of men. But reality is only a “REMNANT” would be saved. lets not lose our focus on the remnant and spread ourselves so thin trying to save the world that we accomplish nothing.

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