This is the second in a series of posts about following Jesus in rest.

For the first, go here.

In Matthew chapter 3, we find Jesus going to John the Baptist … to be baptized!

It occurs to me to wonder, why did Jesus do this? Baptism is an outward symbol of inward repentance, a burying of the old self and a birth of the new. Since Jesus had never sinned, he had nothing to repent of. John knew this. He asks Jesus, why are you here? I need to be baptized by you!

Jesus answer is that it is right to do this to fulfill all righteousness. In other words, this is how God planned it from the beginning, so this is how we’re going to do it. Jesus knows that it is not wise to try to get ahead of God, to second guess, to try to do things in one’s own way and in one’s own strength. He has waited, honoring his family commitments until this moment, the right time, the right place. Jesus knew that there is a proper order to things and it is best left to God the Father. Jesus rested in the timing of God. Can we do that? Can we trust God enough to wait? To know that he has amazing things in store for us and blessings that we can’t even imagine?

If we wait and trust … we rest.

If we strive and push and manipulate … we stress.

Additionally, we see the Spirit descending on Jesus … clearly the rest of God is facilitated by the Spirit. The more we walk with the Spirit … the more restful we will find our lives.