Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful in their calling to be your children and inheritors with him of everlasting life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
MAKE WAY (just do it)…
May you always have the Joy of the Lord…
I am truly excited… This week on the church calendar we celebrate the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ… I am going to share with you the scriptures I will be reading this Sunday later on in this post… (you are always welcome to hear those scriptures in person)
IN THE MEANTIME…
I want to share with you the Holy Gospel accompanying those readings found in the “Lutheran Book of Worship” aka our Hymnal…
REMEMBER – THE HOLY GOSPEL ARE SCRIPTURES WRITTEN BY JESUS’s DISCIPLES FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR HOLY BIBLE.
John Baptizes Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
This is AWESOME… John was well aware that Jesus Christ is Lord… He felt unworthy of the task at hand. I can imagine John’s thoughts at that time. “Who am I to baptize the Lord?”
John illustrated faith… He had no idea that the Spirit of God from heaven was going to claim Jesus Christ as His beloved Son…
HOWEVER, JOHN DID WHAT WAS RIGHT… HE BAPTIZED OUR LORD…
To me, doing what is right brings joy and happiness… I pray that you, my beloved, find this joy and happiness.
That’s pretty hard thing to do in a world full of temptation; however, to mimic one of NIKE’s slogans… JUST DO IT…
I HAVE FAITH THAT THIS WILL BRING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS… 🙂
Remember, please visit this post throughout your week for my encouragement on your own personal walk with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior… Blessings!!!
THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!
I had something really cool happen to me this morning on my way to the gym to workout… MAY I SHARE THIS WITH YOU???
I went to apply for a part-time job at HR BLOCK that is located right next to the gym I was at… A VOICE FROM HEAVEN REMINDED ME TO SHARE WITH YOU A STORY OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO WAS A TAX COLLECTOR…
Matthew 9 – The Voice (VOICE)
9 He got back in the boat, crossed the sea, and returned to His own town. 2 When He got there, some men approached Him carrying a mat. On the mat was another man, a paralytic. The men evidently believed that Jesus could heal the paralytic, and Jesus saw their faith, how much faith they had in His authority and power.
Jesus: Rest assured, My son; your sins are forgiven.
3 Now some scribes and teachers of the law had been watching this whole scene.
Scribes and Teachers (to themselves): This man is blaspheming!
4 Though they had only spoken in low whispers among themselves, Jesus knew their thoughts.
Jesus: Why do you hold such hardness and wickedness in your hearts? 5 Look, is it easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or “Get up and walk”? 6 To make clear that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins (turning to the paralytic man on the mat), Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.
7 And the man did. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were amazed, even a little scared, and they praised God who had given humans the authority to do such miraculous things.
9 Later Jesus was walking along and He saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax collector’s office.
Jesus (to Matthew): Follow Me.
Matthew got up and followed Him.
Today, I noticed gasoline per gallon went up in price…