Luke 3:21-22 – “From John to Jesus”

Luke 3:21–22


  • From John to Jesus
  • Baptism, Anointing, Confirmation
  • The launching of His journey to the cross
  • Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, John 1:32-34


Identifying with the sinners He came to save.

  • Jesus stands in our place.
  • Isaiah 53:12 – numbered with transgressors.

Launch His earthly ministry

  • 30 years of age. Levites were 30 (Numbers 4:3)

Picture of the work of redemption

  • Luke 12:50
  • Matthew 3:15 – Fulfill righteousness
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21


  • Here and night of His arrest. Matthew 26:36-46
  • Closeness to the Father
  • Dependency on the Father
  • Willingness to follow the will of the Father

During His baptism, as was the case throughout His life, Jesus was in unbroken communion Father—except for that moment on the cross when He cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). From beginning to end Jesus’ earthly ministry was marked by frequent times of prayer. He prayed at His baptism (Luke 3:21), during His first preaching tour (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16), before choosing the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12–13), before feeding the 5,000 (Matt. 14:19), after feeding the 5,000 (Matt. 14:23), before feeding the 4,000 (Matt. 15:36), before Peter’s confession of Him as the Christ (Luke 9:18), at the transfiguration (Luke 9:28–29), for some children brought to Him (Matt. 19:13), after the return of the seventy (Luke 10:21), before giving the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1), before raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41–42), as He faced the reality of the cross (John 12:28), at the Last Supper (Matt. 26:26–27), for Peter (Luke 22:31–32), in Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36–44), from the cross (Matt. 27:46; Luke 23:34, 46), with the disciples He encountered on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:30), at the ascension (Luke 24:50–51) and, supremely, in His high priestly prayer in John 17.

John F. MacArthur Jr., Luke 1–5, MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009), 238.


All three together – Father, Son, and Spirit

  • The inauguration of His ministry
  • Announcement at his birth
  • Announcement at the baptism


  • Heaven opened. Visible
  • Dove
  • We are filled by and with the same Spirit


  • Father speaks here
  • Father speaks at the transfiguration – Luke 9:28-36
  • Father speaks at passion week – John 12:28
  • Beloved Son
    • Only, SON
  • Well pleased
    • Obedience
    • Faithfulness


Jesus paid it all (Fulfilled all righteousness)

  • He took our place
  • Today is the day of our salvation
  • Repent and Live in newness of life

Jesus set a perfect example for us (the suffering servant)

  • Willing to live and die for us
  • Faithful. Obedient. Humble

Because of Christ we have a personal relationship with the Father and the Spirit

  • We are loved and accepted
  • We are filled and empowered

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