01/15/23 Weekly Worship – Baptism of the Lord

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January 15, 2023 – Baptism of the Lord

Rev. Denise Clark-Jones


The Epiphany season celebrates the revealing of Christ. Traditionally, it marks three events: the visit of the magi, the baptism of Christ, and his first miracle—Jesus’ transforming water into wine at Cana. Light is a recurring image throughout the readings for the season. Today we remember the Baptism of Jesus. Long before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Isaiah wrote a series of poems called the Suffering Servant Songs. In these poems, Isaiah prophesies that God will fill this servant with God’s spirit which will enable him to lead the people of Israel with justice and righteousness by revealing God’s truth. This servant leader will be a light to all nations. One of the oldest psalms, Psalm 29 extols God’s supreme rule over all the earth. In our reading from Acts, Peter addresses the crowd gathered outside of the newly baptized Cornelius, a Roman officer and a gentile. Peter presents a summary of Jesus’ ministry and applies prophecies from Isaiah to Jesus. Our reading from Matthew echoes the attributes of Isaiah’s Suffering Servant in the story of Jesus’ baptism. When Jesus is baptized, God’s spirit descends on him and God expresses delight in him: “This is my son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”


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