When God the Father sent The Lord Jesus Christ into this world, he was accomplishing things that were going to bring man to salvation. The things Jesus did to accomplish what God planned are what the Bible refers to as the things of God.
Now, God’s plan pertains to the things that belong to God and man’s plan pertains to what belong to man. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, he was really showing people the whole plan of God. He was showing us that the way to God was through his death and resurrection.
This the reason why we need to understand that baptism in water is not just a religious tradition. It is a prophetic proclamation of what will happen to those who believe in Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Christ will all rise from the dead and will be with Christ forever.
Therefore, that baptism of Jesus Christ was proclaiming that he was supposed to die and rise from the dead. That death would then be the only way to God and that is what makes Jesus the only way to God. This may not have been fully understood then, but right now it is so clear after the fact that Jesus died and arose from the dead. One day the trumpet will sound and those who believe in Christ will be caught up in the air to be with The Lord forever.
Let us see what happened to one of the disciples who walked with Jesus. In those days when Jesus talked about his death, Peter one of the twelve Apostles tried to stop Jesus from going ahead with the plan of dying for mankind. Well, Peter thought that this was not a good thing to do because he looked at it from man’s point of view. For Peter and the other disciples it was comfortable to be around Jesus doing the exciting everyday things they did together in ministry. Peter did not want things to change just like any of us could have wanted them not to change. Now, since Peter’s suggestion was not in God’s plan Jesus rebuked him. In Matthew 16:23 the Bible says, “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (KJV).
Peter had no idea that Jesus was supposed to die for the whole world. In 1 Corinthians 13:9 the Bible says, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part” (KJV). This Scripture attests to the fact that we all do not know everything. No matter what our title might be in religious circles, we do not know everything. We all have to depend on God because he is the one who knows everything.
There is always something that we all need to learn at any point in our life. At that point in time, God who is omniscient will reveal the most relevant truth that we need when we need it. It is just like Peter, on that day when Jesus rebuked him that is when he understood the importance of The Lord’s death at Jerusalem.
Do you know the important of Jesus’ death and resurrection? What does it mean to you?