Denha- Baptism of Our Lord-Epiphany
Mark 1: 1-11
v8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Hoy Spirit.
In the beginning of this chapter, John the Baptist openly proclaims that he is meaningless when compared to the coming Christ saying that he is not even worthy to stoop down and untie his sandals. He even says that his baptism is nothing compared to the baptism that Jesus will bring. In spite of all this Jesus still comes to John, a man clearly under his station, and asks him for the same baptism given to all other people. It's a moment of humility and oneness with humanity. It’s an open expression of the fact that God truly is with us. It’s also quite significant that the first step that Jesus took before he started his ministry on this earth was ask God for his strength.
The results were spectacular. Heaven split open and the spirit descended on Jesus. God himself spoke and called Jesus his own and proclaimed his love for Jesus. What would it look like if we carried ourselves like Jesus in this moment? Jesus shared in this human experience of baptism and as a result showed us the glory of God in baptism. As Jesus began his ministry asking for God’s anointing power, let's also start this new year by looking to God’s amazing power to transform our lives and transform the world around us through our ministry. Let’s become more like the loving and humble king and live out the love that we saw in his birth, ministry, death and resurrection. Only by asking God for his power can we boldly face whatever this life has in store for us.
Dear father, we need you now more than ever as we step into a new year. We ask for your anointing power to strengthen us for our mission and ministry in this new year. Empower us to encounter you more and more every day and seek you continuously for strength in our difficulty. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
As we humble ourselves, God is exalted in us.
Jerryl Abraham, St. John’s MTC, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church