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First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of Jesus (Year A, 9 January 2011)

Baptised–for us

Isaiah 42.1-9
Matthew 3.13-17

When I was a young minister in my first placement, I had quite a difficult conversation with a visitor to the town. She started by talking to me about baptism. She wondered if I thought that baptism is important. I replied ‘Yes, I do’. This gave her the opening she wanted to announce with great enthusiasm that she had never been baptised. She was waiting for a word from the Lord direct to her telling her that she should be baptised. Until she had a direct word from God, she wasn’t going to be baptised.

What do you think about that? Should she have waited for a special word from God to her alone? My answer is this: She has already had a direct word from the Lord. This woman was sadly mistaken. In fact, she’s had quite a number of direct words!

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