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The baptism of Jesus (Bible readings for January 7, 2007)

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Baptism of Jesus by Jesus MAFAAh, can’t wait to dig into this! Obvious questions present themselves, like –

As is so often the case, what on earth is Jesus doing? Why is Jesus baptized by John?

Why does he wait till “after all the people were baptized?”

What’s he telling us about himself here?

Your thoughts?  [See the sermon this became, here]

Luke 3:15-17,21-22

The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?”

But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”
. . . After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

Acts 8:14-17

When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit.

The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Baptism of the Lord
(First Sunday after the Epiphany)
January 7, 2007
Luke 3:15-17,21-22; Acts 8:14-17; Isaiah 43:1-7;Psalm 29

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Written by Monte

January 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

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  14. I’m reading a “historical fiction” book by Margaret George about Mary Magdalene, and I just got to the part where the disciples are baptizing others.

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