THE WEEKLY WORD...
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
(Luke 3:21-22, NRSV)
Dear Church Hill Faith Family,
Scripture tells us that Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River. Have you ever wondered why it was necessary for Jesus to be baptized in the first place? If John’s baptism is “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” then why would Jesus, Who was free from any sin to repent of, need to be baptized? Though He was without sin, Jesus submitted to John’s baptism in order to identify fully with our humanity. Jesus submitted to John’s baptism in order to set an example for us and to show us that God’s grace meets us in the waters of baptism.
Regardless of what age we are baptized, our baptism marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of discipleship. When we are baptized or confirmed, we make certain promises to God. We promise to flee from the darkness and run toward the light. We promise that we will speak up whenever we see something which we know is not right and is not just. We promise to serve Christ and Christ alone and to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to sharing God’s great love with our neighbors. We continually fail to keep these promises, but God will always forgive us and take us back and give us the strength to do better next time. As we reflect on Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, let us recommit ourselves to keeping these baptismal promises every day.