2016 First Sunday after the Epiphany
January 10, 2016
Topic: Our Baptism is about empowerment
Today we commemorate Jesus’ baptism: And in the context of his baptism, we should look at its meaning for you and for me. There are at least four different baptisms described in our Gospel lesson today. First there was the existing ceremonial baptism, which was used for Jewish purification, and for preparation of people wanting to convert to Judaism. John changed that baptism to be one that Scripture describes as a ‘baptism of repentance,’ which means that its purpose was to signify the commitment of the baptized to change the course of their lives to be ready for the arrival of God in a new way in their lives.