The Gospel of the Day – 2017.01.08
Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him. ‘It is I who need baptism from you’ he said ‘and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that righteousness demands.’ At this, John gave in to him.
As soon as Jesus was baptised he came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’
Jesus was baptized by John.
It was the first moment of his public career.
He was baptized, he was purified, he was shriven.
The forms had been obeyed, and the gathered crowds were there to witness, the heaven open, and the Spirit of God, creator of the universe, descending on Jesus like a dove.
John was like Moses at the river Jordan. He was never meant to walk in the promised land. Jesus was like Joshua, he ushered the people in.
John was the elder son, he was not meant to inherit. Jesus was the promised son, in whom the hope of humanity was carried.
John was the goat, at the rite of expiation, Jesus was the lamb taken to slaughter.
High priest and king, they were one with each other.
Believing it does not make it true.
3rd Sunday of Christmas