Master to Messiah Introduction and Day 1
As our church prepares to launch Sunday morning services, we are studying together through the life of Peter. We are learning more about what it means to be a disciple, so that we can fulfill Jesus’ commands to His people and His church to go and make disciples.
I hope you will join us on this devotional journey. I will be posting daily scripture and devotional reading with some activities to challenge you as you read. I will post a PDF version of the devotional booklet on the recommended reading page as well.
My prayer is that this resource will help you know Jesus more and will fuel your desire to be a disciple who will disciple others.
While studying for a sermon, a question began swirling around in my mind. In Matthew 16, Peter makes his great declaration that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus validates Peter’s statement, and tells him that the understanding he now possesses of the Messiah was not revealed by man, but by the Father in Heaven. So the question exploded in my mind… “How did the Father reveal this to Peter”? Through this devotional, our goal is to have you walk in the footsteps of Peter. Follow his journey as he followed Jesus, the Messiah. Peter’s willingness to follow Jesus led him to a deep understanding of “being a disciple”. As the story unfolds, we see the amazing, intentional work that Jesus did with His disciples, and how He reveals Himself to not only them, but also to us today!
When we follow Jesus as He discipled Peter, we see, in the Scriptures, great applications. Peter witnessed incredible miracles and, in the end, had no doubt in Jesus’ powers or claims to be God. However, we do see Peter doubt his own ability to walk in faith no matter the circumstances.
For us today, we, too, want to grow in our faith and follow Jesus regardless of what happens in the world around us. Let’s grow together.
Week 1 >> Day 1
The Baptism of Jesus
ThenJesuswentfromGalileetotheJordanRivertobebaptizedbyJohn. ButJohntriedtotalkhimoutofit.“I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descendinglikeadoveandsettlingonhim. Andavoicefromheavensaid,“ThisismydearlylovedSon,who brings me great joy.”
John Testifies About Jesus
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of theworld! HeistheoneIwastalkingaboutwhenIsaid,‘AmaniscomingaftermewhoisfargreaterthanI am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.”
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
ThefollowingdayJohnwasagainstandingwithtwoofhisdisciples. AsJesuswalkedby,Johnlookedathim and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).
We see the Father in heaven confirm that Jesus is the Son of God, and now John the Baptist declares to the people that Jesus is, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”! John continues on to give his testimony about who Jesus is and the people around him begin to recognize that maybe this Jesus of Nazareth is someone special. Could He be the long-awaited Messiah?
In response to John’s claims, one of the locals, a man named Andrew, rushes to get his brother, Peter, to see Jesus. The validation of Jesus gives strong enough evidence that these men would begin to follow Him. Peter and the others follow Jesus and walk with Him to Jerusalem as the Passover approaches.
In our own lives, we can look back and see how God used others to reveal spiritual truth and help in our understanding of Jesus. Like Peter, we were introduced to Jesus, and as we begin to follow, He reveals more and more about Himself and His Kingdom.
Spend some time praying and thanking God for how He reached you. Thank Him for your salvation and those He used to bring the gospel message to you.
- After spending time with Jesus, Andrew was compelled to find his brother Simon so he could introduce him to Jesus. Why was that so important to Andrew? Who do you need to introduce to Jesus?
- What amazing things has Jesus done in your life to show you He is worthy to be followed?
- As you follow Jesus, how have the desires of your heart changed?