Baptism of the Lord - 2023
This week we find ourselves by the river Jordan where John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming an opportunity to experience forgiveness, reconciliation, and renewal. People came to John from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, they were baptized and immersed into a new life. We also meet Jesus there, with John by the river, as he also comes to be baptized by John in the Jordan. Matthew tells us that the moment Jesus emerged from the water he heard the voice of God: "You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love." Here at the beginning of his ministry we are granted a glimpse of Jesus’ identity. Jesus is the beloved one, God’s only Son, the first fruits of God’s new creation. In and through baptism we receive our identity, are caught up in the life of Christ, and share in Christ’s belovedness. On Sunday we will remember, or anticipate, our baptism, and reaffirm our commitment to walk in the way of Jesus who is our light and life.
Rev. David Hockett
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