Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 5, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The Baptism of Jesus
"And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came
up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened
to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like
a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from
heaven said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved,* with
whom I am well pleased.'"
We are given a picture of the spiritual humility
of Jesus. Jesus insisted John baptize him as a
symbol of consecration to God, thus beginning
his public ministry. Immediately after being
baptized, the Holy Spirit landed on Jesus in the
form of a dove. A voice from heaven called out,
"This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well
John was a prophet, sent to prepare the way for
his cousin, Jesus. He called people to confess
their sins and then be baptized. Many seekers,
including Pharisees and Sadducees, came to where
John was baptizing. According to Matthew's Gospel,
John the Baptist was baptizing in the river Jordan.
John was preaching a message of repentance. John
spoke bluntly and let it be clearly known that
someone listening to him was God's greatest
spiritual leader. John understood he was not
worthy to even loosen the sandals of Jesus. John
would only baptize with water, but taught that
Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with
Now people may disagree on the fine points of
baptism. Some would baptize infants and children.
Other churches may refuse to do this while
insisting on "believers baptism" only. Certain
churches insist on a number of baptism classes
and issue a certificate afterwards. Others will
baptize you on the spot during a church service.
Each claims the authority of scripture as the
basis of their practice. Welcome to the great
diversity in the Christian church. Jesus was
baptized as an adult. Later on in the book of
Acts, we see entire families baptized. Both in
my opinion are fine and worthy of divine blessing.
If you have never been baptized as a Christian,
consider it. Jesus did it. It will be a source
of blessing for you. Or perhaps you have been
baptized as a child and do not remember it.
Consider reaffirming your baptism through your
local church. Whether infant, child, adult,
immersed, or sprinkled, baptism is a spiritual
sacrament for us to consider. Baptism is part
God, help me consecrate my life to you anew
this day. Amen.
God, give me your blessing. Help me live as your
anointed one. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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