“Some consider Jesus' baptism the point where he receives divine power, or where the mystery of his own existence is made known to him. Some see it as the inauguration of his public ministry. It is clearly a revelation of his identity.”
Preaching on the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, the Rev. Elizabeth Blunt explores the history of ritual water cleansing, the “problem” that Jesus’ own baptism posed for many centuries, and the crucial “hinge in our own story” that is our baptismal vow. The readings are Isaiah 43: 1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8: 14-17; and Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22.