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 OF 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…
Today is my Mom’s Birthday… It is also recognized in the church calendar as the Epiphany of the Lord… What do you think this means?
Epiphany (/ɪˈpɪfəni/ ə-piff-ə-nee), also Theophany or Three Kings’ Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. Moreover, the feast of the Epiphany, in some Western Christian denominations, also initiates the liturgical season of Epiphanytide. Eastern Christians, on the other hand, commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God…
To me… I agree with Peter in the second Lesson I will be reading at church…
34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they[a] killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”