Spread the True Gospel And Jesus’
< Matthew 3:1-17 >
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,and
saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’For this is he who was
spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.’’
Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.Then
Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to himand
were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many
of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, ‘Brood
of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Therefore bear fruits
worthy of repentance,and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham
as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham
from these stones.And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore
every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.I
indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me
is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He
will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the
barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ Then Jesus came
from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.And John tried to prevent
Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’ But Jesus
answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for
us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized,
Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened
to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon
Him.And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.’”
In the Bible, John the Baptist must have been
an extremely important figure. John the Baptist cried out for repentance from
the people of Israel. We must remember precisely the work of Jesus and John
the Baptist. Jesus, who came to this world saved mankind, obeying the will of
God along with John the Baptist. John the Baptist and Jesus came to this world
and accomplished righteous deeds.
John the Baptist urged the people of Israel to
return to God. We can see in Matthew 3:7 that John the Baptist boldly rebuked
the Pharisees and Sadducees saying: “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee
from the wrath to come?” when he saw them coming to him while he was baptizing.
This John the Baptist rebuked the people of Israel severely as a prophet: “Repent,
you brood of vipers!” John the Baptist was a prophet who did righteous deeds
in God’s eyes and was the last prophet of the Old Testament era.
Some wonder how John the Baptist, as a prophet
of God, could have uttered such horrible expression as “Brood of vipers.” However,
the Bible has it recorded and tells us that it was a righteous deed in front
of God. All prophets should be people who can cry out for the righteous deed
of God. And there came another One who accomplished righteous deeds besides
John the Baptist. That was Jesus.
In the Bible, Sadducees are politicians. They
are politicians of the world. They put more emphasis on the politics of this
world than serving God. However, the Pharisees were the conservative religious
leaders. At the same time they said they believed in God’s Word as it was, they
God was greatly disappointed when He saw these
people. In God’s eyes, are these evil people or not? The Pharisees and the Sadducees
are evil people in God’s eyes.
The Pharisees did not believe in Jesus as the
Messiah. That is why it is correct when John the Baptist called them a brood
of vipers. John the Baptist did not compromise with the religious men at that
time. Rather than compromising with the Pharisees and Sadducees, he tried to
turn them around by rebuking them as a brood of vipers. John the Baptist taught
the people who were returning to God that repenting was not good enough, but
they needed to have the fruits of their repentance, and that they needed to
turn away from evil. For example, they have to return and pay back all the money
they had exploited. Then they could come back to him for baptism, and return
When we listen to his claims, we can see without
a doubt that he was a servant sent by God. About the time that John the Baptist
appeared was the time that Jesus Christ started His public ministry. John the
Baptist’s proclamation was to help the work of Jesus. At that time, there had
not been a servant of God for about 400 years to the people of Israel. Therefore,
the appearance of John the Baptist was an opportunity as well for the people
of Israel to hear the providence of God and the voice of God.
John the Baptist cried out: “Brood of vipers,
repent and return to God. Turn away from idolatry. You need to renounce foreign
gods and return to God to avoid God’s judgment.” It was a great blessing to
the people of Israel that a servant of God could rebuke and advise them like
that. The entire nation of Israel was shaken by the cries of John the Baptist.
The miracle of the High Priests, Sadducees, and Pharisees coming to John the
Baptist, repenting and returning to God occurred.
John the Baptist testifies about the abilities
of Jesus Christ, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He
who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to
carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan
is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather
His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire”
(Matthew 3:11-12). He testifies that he does the work of turning people
back to God by rebuking them, but the one who comes after him will baptize with
the Holy Spirit and fire.
John the Baptist said that people who were born
again by believing in Jesus will be gathered as the wheat into Heaven and the
ones who are not born again will be separated with winnowing fan as chaff and
be burned with unquenchable fire.
We must know that John the Baptist cried out for
repentance in God, and that Jesus Christ, when He came to this world, received
baptism from John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus was about
thirty years old when He was baptized (Luke 3:23). Here, why did Jesus want
to be baptized when He was thirty? The reason that it was ‘about thirty’ was
because one had to be thirty years old to carry out his duties of a High Priest.
God said in the Old Testament that the sons of the High Priests had the ability
to take on the responsibility when they turned 30 years old (Numbers 4:35).
Likewise, when Jesus turned 30, He was baptized by John the Baptist.
The reason that Jesus received baptism from John
the Baptist was to accomplish all the righteousness of God. Jesus was baptized
by John the Baptist to take on the sins of everyone in the world.
However, people are confused and do not understand
why Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus’ baptism by John is a secret
revealed in the Bible. Many people do not understand the secret of the baptism
and misunderstand why Jesus was baptized. They think it was to show example
or to show modesty.
We must know that Jesus came to this world and
was baptized to save everyone in the world from his sins. Jesus could accomplish
the righteous deed of taking on the sins of the world by being baptized by John
when He came to this world. What the righteous deed is that Jesus taking on
all the sins of the world once and for all by getting baptized by John. Jesus’
baptism was to fulfill all the righteousness of God and was the will of God
that was pleasing to Him. Our Lord came to this world to save us from all our
sins. He was baptized to take on the sins of yours and mine once and for all
by the baptism and bled for us. The Lord took on all the sins of the world once
In Matthew 3:15, “all the righteousness”
means Jesus taking on all the sins of the world by being baptized by John, and
bleeding on the Cross. At that time, Jesus took on all the sins of the world,
all of our sins. How fortunate is it, and how thankful are we?
Fellow Christians, do we commit sins in this world
or not? We commit sins. These sins, do we only commit a few sins here and there?
Or do we sin greatly? You commit many sins in this world, and your sins are
included in all the sins of the world. Jesus took on all the sins of the world
once and for all by being baptized by John the Baptist, and bled on the Cross
once and for all, and wiped out the sins and judgment.
How could you and I be those without sin if Jesus
did not take on all the sins of yours and mine once and for all? This Truth
is the righteousness that our Lord fulfilled by being baptized and bleeding
when He came to this world. Jesus is the Savior who came to this world as the
Son of God and took care of the sins of the world and the judgment of the sins
What We Need to Remember
As we greet Christmas this year, we must remember
that John the Baptist and Jesus fulfilled the righteousness of God that no one
could have done. As we greet Christmas, we need to think: ‘how can I join in
on the righteousness work as we greet Christmas, as we commemorate our Lord
who fulfilled the righteousness?’ rather than ‘how can I have fun? How can I
make good memories?’ We can certainly remember the work of John the Baptist
and Jesus. We, too, should be those who think of Jesus and John the Baptist
who fulfilled all righteousness on this Christmas. Our lives should be devoted
solely to spreading that righteousness of God. After we receive the remission
of sin by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we must continue
to lead a life that spreads this gospel.
What would we be if we do not offer ourselves
to this righteous ministry that spreads the gospel of the water and the Spirit?
How can we expect God to give us His blessing if we do not participate in this
righteous ministry? We must participate since we know that Jesus has saved us
by taking on all of the sins of mankind. Is it not necessary to spread all over
the world the gospel of the water and the Spirit? Can we do righteous deeds
according to the flesh? Can we avoid committing sins by trying not to do them?
How can we, the insufficient ones, live the righteous life after receiving the
remission of sin? Would it not be possible by spreading this gospel of the water
and the Spirit that saved us from the sins of the world through Jesus who came
to this world, took on all the sins to the Cross, bled and died so that He could
take on the judgment of the sins for us? What would truly be the good work that
you and I do in this world? Would God be happy by our proper behavior and memorable
The most righteous work for us in this world is
spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit. What is righteous is devoting
all of our hearts and energy into spreading this gospel of the water and the
Spirit. Whatever appearance you have, God will only be glad when you are involved
in the work of spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
What does it mean that when Jesus was getting
baptized he said: “For thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness,
then he allowed Him”(Matthew 3:15). These are the words of testimony that
tell us that Jesus took on all the sins of the world that we have committed
by the baptism that He had received from John the Baptist. When Jesus was baptized
by John, all the sins of the world were passed onto Jesus once and for all.
Jesus received all the sins of the world that are yours and mine through His
baptism once and for all. This is how the body of Jesus could take on all the
sins of the world, and this is how it was possible for Him to face judgment
as both hands and both feet were crucified on the Cross. However, this does
not mean that the sin was upon His soul. You must receive your salvation by
believing that Jesus came to this world and fulfilled the righteousness of God,
and John the Baptist also participated in this great ministry by passing on
the sins to Jesus through laying on of his hands.
John the Baptist did two things as the servant
of God, the greatest representative among those who were born from a woman.
The first one was pointing out the evilness of
everyone. He cried out for people to return to God by rebuking them, saying,
“Serving other gods besides God is sin.” The second was that he baptized Jesus
to pass on the sins of everyone in the world. This is the righteousness of God
that was for you and me. This is the very righteousness that the Lord came to
fulfill in this world.
Jesus came to this world to receive the sins of
yours and mine and take them on. And He received baptism to take on everyone’s
sins in this world, your sins, and your descendants’ sins, and their descendants’
sins, your parents sins, your ancestors’ ancestors’ sins, the sins of everyone
from Adam as long as this world exists until the last day, though we do not
know when the earth will cease to exist. Jesus received the baptism to blot
out our sins and to cleanse us of our sins.
The word ‘to baptize’ means “to cleanse by dipping
or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one’s self, or to
bathe.” Therefore, Jesus was baptized to take on all the sins of the world.
Jesus cleansed our sins by receiving the sins through John the Baptist. Just
as your clothes get washed when you wash your clothes with water, just as your
filthiness gets cleansed when you take a bath with water, Jesus cleansed our
sins clean by receiving baptism and took on all of the sins of our hearts through
John the Baptist.
My fellow Christians, do you believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit? ―Yes.― Do you believe that the Lord
came to this world, was baptized, and died on the Cross to fulfill the righteousness
As we greet Christmas, we must remember Jesus
our Lord who fulfilled the righteousness for us. It is said, “Therefore,
whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1
Corinthians 10:31). As we greet Christmas, we must ruminate on what is truly
righteous, how we can lead a life of righteousness, and believe firmly. You
and I need to keep our faith in Jesus Christ in this world and return to God
someday. We must live the one life we have in this world, doing righteous work.
What kind of work do we need to do in front of God? We must think of righteousness
once. Before we can think about whether or not we should live for the righteousness
of God, we must think about what righteousness itself is first.
I am greatly thankful to God as I greet this Christmas.
And I wish you would do the “righteous thing.” What kind of righteous thing
can you do in front of God? Can we do righteous thing by doing well with our
flesh? Don’t even think about it. Trying to do righteous things with flesh is
like a tower built on sand that will crumble down in one moment. Even if you
were good all your life, if you make one wrong move, all the humanly righteousness
The true righteousness is spreading everyday the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, with which God has wiped out all our sins.
Participating in this spreading of the gospel is participating in the work of
God. You and I live for the purpose of this work. Whether you work for a company
or own your own business, it is righteous for you to devote yourself to this
gospel of the water and the Spirit. If you cannot do it yourself, it is righteous
through your prayers and small materials. Whatever you do, whether eating or
drinking, living to spread this gospel is righteousness.
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Fellow Christians, even though we
did not go over the Bible verse by verse, you are those who generally
have heard these words. I believe that you believe in these words
as the Truth. Do you believe that Jesus came to this world and fulfilled
all righteousness? Do you believe that the Lord has fulfilled the
greatest work that wipes out all the sins, yours and mine? ―Yes.―
It is so fortunate that Jesus took on all the
sins, and we are so thankful that He fulfilled ‘all righteousness.’ How lamentable
would it be if He took some sins and did not take some others? However, whatever
sin you have committed, Jesus took it all. Have strong faith. I hope you please
God with your faith and do righteous deeds by your faith. I hope you live by
the faith. And I hope you go to Heaven by your faith. I hope you are a person
without sin by your faith. I hope you are a person who receives the Holy Spirit
by believing in the true gospel of the water and the Spirit.
I truly thank God again and again
because I believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Fellow
Christians, do you believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit?
―Yes.― I hope that all of you are those who truly believe
in the true gospel as we greet Christmas. Hallelujah!