The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all describe John's prophecy that One would come who was much greater than he, following that with a description of the Messiah's coming judgment in a vivid picture of separating the wheat from the chaff—a reference to a number of earlier prophecies. This is followed by their description of Christ's baptism in the Jordan and several miracles that few realize are remarkable fulfillment of prophecy. In these few verses, we see Matthew, Mark, Luke, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and God the Father all using a particular method of teaching called "Remez" to point us to deeper truths than what we see on the surface.
United Church of God Pastor, Beyond Today Managing Editor
Scott Ashley is managing editor of Beyond Today magazine, United Church of God booklets and its printed Bible Study Course. He and his wife, Connie, live in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He also pastors congregations in Denver, Colorado Springs and Frisco, Colorado.
Mr. Ashley attended Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas, graduating in 1976 with a theology major and minors in journalism and speech. It was there that he first became interested in publishing, an industry in which he has worked for more than 40 years.