Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation

Matthew 3, 4; Mark 1, Luke 3, 4

1. What event marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry?

He was baptized by John in the river Jordan. Matt. 3:13-17

2. Why did Jesus go to John to be baptized?

Because Jesus could enter His kingdom only through His own death on the cross.

3. How do we know that this is the meaning of Jesus’ baptism?

Because the water of baptism is a sign of the blood of the cross. I John 5:6

4. Why could Jesus enter His kingdom only through His own blood?

Because He bore the sins of all His people.

5. What happened immediately after Jesus was baptized?

He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. Matt. 4:1

6. What is the significance of this temptation?

It is the beginning of Christ’s battle with the devil.

7. What did the devil want Jesus to do?

He wanted Jesus to become disobedient to His Father.

8. What marks Jesus’ answers to the devil?

He answered the devil with the Word of God.

9. What does the outcome of Jesus’ temptation indicate?

Jesus had the victory, and He would surely destroy all the power of the devil.

10. What do these temptations teach us concerning our battle with sin?

That temptation can be overcome only through the Word of God and prayer.