Inauguration and swearing in ceremonies are a big deal in the West Virginia capitol. At these events our leaders are formally recognized and approved to perform the duties of their offices. We see that the higher the office, the more dignified and elaborate are these ceremonies.
At Jesus' baptism by John we see Jesus' "Inauguration Day" as He is approved by the Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit to begin the work God had given Him to do. This was the work of living a life of perfect obedience, suffering and dying on the cross, and rising again. All this done on our behalf so that our sin might be laid upon Him and His obedience credited to us.
This is the topic of this week's Bible study at the West Virginia capitol. You can download the notes for our Bible study here.