Friday March 29, 2019
Today’s Focus Washed in water
Today’s Scripture Reading Luke 3:21-23
The Baptism of Jesus
21 One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy,”
23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry. Jesus was known as the son of Joseph.
Daily Reflection Pastor’s reflection
For the first seven months of my Theological education, I spent an incredible amount of time trying to fully understand how baptism worked. I read, I prayed, I spoke to many of my professors about the topic, but still I languished trying to understand the mechanics of baptism. Then one evening after a particularly frustrating evening trying to understand I decided to go outside my apartment from some air.
My next door neighbor and my friend was outside smoking a cigarette and drinking an adult beverage. He looked at me and said “Jerry, what’s the matter with you? You look like you’ve been through a war.” And so I shared my frustration with my friend about this topic. His pondering lasted about two seconds when he looked me in the eyes and said; “who cares how it works, so long as we know it does work!”
Seven months of worry, study, education…. Found their fulfillment in a conversation that lasted about five minutes!
Renewed daily in our truest identity as a child of God, known and revealed to us through our baptism into Christ, we are called to love our God and to love our neighbor as our self.
Some questions for reflection
- Only two of the four gospels share the story of Jesus’ birth, yet all four gospels speak to Jesus’ baptism. Do you suppose that this information might provide any insight?
- Immediately following the above cited Scripture, Luke shares Jesus’ genealogy all the way back to Adam. If Jesus’ genealogy extends back to Adam and ultimately God and we have been united with Christ in our baptism, does this change our understanding of our own story?
Today’s discipleship challenge
For the rest of our Lenten journey try to think of a way that throughout your busy day you can remind yourself of your baptism and your identity as a child of God. Share what you will do with your group or a trusted friend and ask them to help hold you accountable to discipline.
We give You thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit You give Your daughters and sons new birth, cleanse us from sin, and raise us to eternal life. Sustain us all with the gift of Your Holy Spirit; the spirt of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in Your presence, both now and forever. Amen.