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January 12, 2020 Fr. Brian, First Sunday After Epiphany Season 2 Episode 9
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Jan 12, 2020 Season 2 Episode 9
Fr. Brian, First Sunday After Epiphany

This morning, Luke in the book of Acts and Matthew in his Gospel want their readers to see clearly that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah.  They want their readers then and us who read it today to know beyond a shadow of doubt that what was initiated in the Jesus’ Baptism was the righteousness of God becoming available for all mankind.

Righteousness is right relationship with God and neighbor.  In other words, to be Righteous is to have one life aligned perfectly in body, mind, and spirit to the will of God and his kingdom purposes.  In Jesus’ baptism, we see that Jesus is bowing the knee of his heart not because he needed to repent from sin as others needed to do.  Jesus did not need to return to God as others were, but Jesus was affirming his life as being in tune with God full of righteousness.  And through his obedience the righteousness of God would then be able to be shared with all who turned to him.

This is why John says, “I need to be baptized by you” but Jesus says Let it happen this way for in doing so God will fulfill all righteousness.  There is nothing left except for what is to come in the next three years of His life.  Jesus’ will has been and is set on the will of God.  This doesn’t mean that Jesus knew everything that would happen or that trials and tribulations would not occur.  In fact, Jesus is immediately driven to the wilderness to be tested.  

But through his baptism, this act of obedience to the expressed will of God, Jesus would declare among the people and align his heart with the heart of God and nothing else would stand in his way.  He would continue to learn obedience and on the cross we would hear him say “it is finished.” But perhaps through obedience in his baptism, we might hear him say, it has begun.  

Show Notes

This morning, Luke in the book of Acts and Matthew in his Gospel want their readers to see clearly that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah.  They want their readers then and us who read it today to know beyond a shadow of doubt that what was initiated in the Jesus’ Baptism was the righteousness of God becoming available for all mankind.

Righteousness is right relationship with God and neighbor.  In other words, to be Righteous is to have one life aligned perfectly in body, mind, and spirit to the will of God and his kingdom purposes.  In Jesus’ baptism, we see that Jesus is bowing the knee of his heart not because he needed to repent from sin as others needed to do.  Jesus did not need to return to God as others were, but Jesus was affirming his life as being in tune with God full of righteousness.  And through his obedience the righteousness of God would then be able to be shared with all who turned to him.

This is why John says, “I need to be baptized by you” but Jesus says Let it happen this way for in doing so God will fulfill all righteousness.  There is nothing left except for what is to come in the next three years of His life.  Jesus’ will has been and is set on the will of God.  This doesn’t mean that Jesus knew everything that would happen or that trials and tribulations would not occur.  In fact, Jesus is immediately driven to the wilderness to be tested.  

But through his baptism, this act of obedience to the expressed will of God, Jesus would declare among the people and align his heart with the heart of God and nothing else would stand in his way.  He would continue to learn obedience and on the cross we would hear him say “it is finished.” But perhaps through obedience in his baptism, we might hear him say, it has begun.  

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