Our reading from Genesis takes us to the beginning of creation when, at the voice of God, order comes forth out of chaos. A new world is created and a new day begins. Fast-forward through time and we are once again by the water's edge. This time there is a man crying out in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentence for the forgiveness of sins. John the Baptist says that one more powerful than himself is coming. "I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Then, while the words still linger in the air over John's head, Jesus appears on the banks of the Jordan River, as if on cue. And, of all things, he wishes to be baptized.
So many thoughts may come to mind at the reading of these two lessons. Consider the following:
- What echoes of the Genesis creation account can be heard in the baptism of Jesus account?
- Mark provides background for the doctrine of the Trinity. How so?
- Water is critical to life. How does flowing water and baptismal waters compare?
- When you think of your own baptism, what feelings rise to the surface?
- How often are you reminded of your baptism?
- What does it mean to you?
I hope to see you in worship on Sunday.