Jesus Being Ordained as the Messiah
HOMILY ON JESUS BEING BAPTIZED
JESUS BEING ORDAINED AS THE MESSIAH
To Luke the Evangelist, it is when Jesus was baptized that John the Baptist finished his mission and Jesus started his mission with his messianic ordination.
1. THE END OF JOHN’S MISSION .
Before Jesus’ baptism, Luke spoke about John’s arrest to imply that the ministry of John runs out and the mission of the Messiah begins (Luke 3:19-20 ).
Indeed as Luke writes, “When all the people had been baptized, Jesus also had been baptized …” he seems to say that Jesus brought Baptism that the entire population has received to an end. When Jesus was baptized, Luke no longer spoke of John but of Jesus as if to say that the role of John stops and that of Jesus begins. Moreover Luke wrote, ” The law and the prophets lasted until John; but from then on the kingdom of God is proclaimed …” (Luke 16:16).
John informes the population that when the Messiah comes, he will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:15-16). And when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. And so, as the Messiah came out, the mission of salvation began.
2. JESUS BEING ORDAINED AS THE MESSIAH.
According to Luke’s gospel, the ordination of the messiah happens when Jesus is baptized. It’s revealed us that the messianic king brings us salvation through His suffering as the baptism symbolizes something that the Messiah will suffer (Luke 12:50).
The messianic ordination is a vision, revelation that praying, in the apocalyptic tradition, is a preparation for receiving revelation (Dn 2:1 8; Lk 9:28-29; C VSD 9:11).
Luke wrote, “…Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened.”. The Messiah is the “heaven opened” because he is the place where God and human beings meet (Jn 1:51; Gn 28:17).
In the early Church, there is the early conception that the Holy Spirit’s coming down upon Jesus on the day of his baptism is anointing him as the messianic king :” what has happened all over Judah, begenning in Galilee, after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power … (Acts 10:37 – 38). They found it out when reading Isaiah 61:1: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” ( Luke 4:18).
According to Luke’s gospel, when Jesus is baptized, the holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. It revealed to us that it is a new creation (Gen 1:2).
Every ordination has a solemn announcement of the ordainer. Here the Father has ordained Jesus as His Messiah when He said, “You are my Son; today I am your father “. This is the Psalm 2:7 and 2 Sm 7:14. The Psalm 2:7 and 2 Sm 7:14 foretold that God will ordain Jesus as the Messiah when adopting him and giving him full power to conquer. Because Luke produced here a report on the messianic ordination , he should not talk about the Servant of Yahweh or his beloved son but Jesus’divine genealogy.
The ordination of the Messiah by the holy Spirit was predicted by Isaiah (Is 42:1-4.6-7) and Jesus has fulfilled it when being baptized in the Jordan ..
When receiving baptism, we are ordained as prophets to proclaim the Gospel, but do we go evangelizing with Jesus ?