Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Food for Thought:
This is one of the most beautifully written Scriptures. Jesus is baptized by John at the river Jordan. One of the most significant Sundays for me as an adult has been “Remember your Baptism Sunday.” This is the day we set aside to remember that God has been working in and through our lives as Christians. We are to recall our baptism and we are even sprinkled with water. Think about a cleansing moment in your walk with God where you felt you were offered a new beginning. What did that feel like?
God of grace and glory, you call us with your voice of flame to be your people, faithful and courageous. As your beloved Son embraced his mission in the waters of baptism, inspire us with the fire of your Spirit to join in his transforming work. We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.