Sermon 12 January 2020

This week is about Jesus’ baptism and I want to look at it through the second reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Here Peter is talking to the Jewish crowd about Jesus. He starts with Jesus’ baptism and he was anointed by God’s Holy Spirit. We then have to understand that everything that comes after this is a result of that anointing. The people know what Jesus had been doing. Peter shares that Jesus’ work was not just an act of healing ills, but healing those ‘…under the power of the devil.’ We see this idea that Jesus’ works were an act of spiritual war.

Peter also talks about how Jesus was killed and raised. His spiritual water and resurrection were seen by his followers. They are Jesus’ witnesses to prove it is true. They are to take their witness to Jesus’ divinity. As if to prove his point he then refers to the prophets and their testimony.

 Jesus’ baptism was an important part in the proof that he is the Messiah (the Christ), but it was also an important part in what he did. All that he achieved was through the relationship with Father and Holy Spirit.

The importance of this event is not just about understanding who Jesus is. If we believe Peter’s testimony then we are to understand that we are not just engaging with the issues of this world, but are also living in a spiritual world. We are dealing with things that we cannot see or understand by our thoughts and rational deductions.

If we accept this, then we need to understand that our faith is more important than just believing Jesus was great or about getting us forgiveness for our mistakes. It is meant to affect the way we see the world and engage with it.

Jesus’ baptism tells us that he did not do this on his own and neither do we. We are dependant on our relationship with the trinity. To do that we need to understand how to live in this relationship and how to use it to live our lives.

To live in this world as a Christian is to see the other world and to live in it. We seek to see the world through God’s eyes and to live in it God’s way. God wants us to help other people see this other world. Many already see it, but they engage with it through other means.

Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are about understanding God and this relationship.