Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week about Jesus’ baptism and what it says about him and us.
This quite simply is what God wanted from Jesus, why he came into the world. It was so that he could stand with us, in all our mess, not just on the bank but in the river, as one completely identified with us, even in all our flaws and failings.
We might like to protest our innocence but the inescapable truth is that we are sinners. I don’t say that to condemn anyone. Sin is simply the word that the Bible uses to capture all that we do, and all that is done around us, that messes up our world, and keeps us, and keeps others, away from God.
This is the truth that we don’t like to admit even to ourselves. But this is the truth that Jesus confronts us with as he stands there alongside us in the water.
He doesn’t need to be there, but we do. We know it even if we try and kid ourselves that we’re really not as bad as some other folks.
And yet Jesus enters the water with us, identifies fully with us, and he does so, so that we might be fully identified with him, so that the voice that speaks to him, might be the voice that speaks to us.
“You are my own dear son… you are my own dear daughter, and I am pleased with you.”
[Reflecting on Mark 1.1-11 and Matthew 3.13-17]