Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
It has been a few days since I wrote anything…partly a lack of time, and partly a lack of confidence. I want everything I present to be perfect, even though I know that isn’t possible—especially when it comes to the Bible. I certainly don’t claim to be a theologian, and though I did spend some time in seminary, I’m not ordained. I suspect I will have to remind myself on a daily basis that I started this in the pursuit of Christ’s perfection rather than my own—that even when I fall short in my understanding (and most certainly I will) this was always supposed to be about the journey. The journey to stay in the Word every day…to keep searching, learning, growing…becoming a better person, and a better Christian. So that being said, this is a new day, and I’m getting myself back on track. Actually, I’m letting God’s gentle nudging get me back on track.
I left off at Matthew 3:13, where Jesus comes to John to be baptized. The humbled John protests at first, but Jesus assures him that “it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” And so John consents, and we get a glimpse of the start of Jesus’ earthly ministry. God is anointing him to fulfill the unique purpose he was meant for from the very beginning, long before he was born.
I can’t help but enjoy this public moment of tenderness between Jesus and God the Father that John is privileged to witness. The heavens open, and the Spirit of God descends like a dove—gentle, loving, pure. God even speaks, declaring aloud, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Jesus was indeed the One they had all been waiting for. In that moment it seems to me that God is not simply pleased with how his son has turned out in an earthly sense; his life, his relationships, his spiritual development, or even his willingness to go through this ritual and accept his destined path. Stepping out of our linear sense of time, and into God’s eternal time, even as John was hearing God’s pronouncement, Jesus had already died on the cross, and risen again. God was pleased, knowing what John could not have—that through Jesus, salvation had already been secured.
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