Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 10-JAN-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Baptism of Jesus – The gospel passage is about a real person, a carpenter called Jesus of Nazareth from the backblocks of Galilee. He had a cousin, John, who was preaching baptism for the forgiveness of sins; and Jesus persuaded John to baptise him as well. When Jesus was emerging from the river Jordan, he heard a divine voice telling him, "You are my son, the beloved. With you I am well pleased.", and he saw the Spirit, like a dove, coming down. It was an experience that utterly captivated him and set him on his journey for the rest of his life. This was the language of Epiphany – lightening, appearing and revealing. God invites us to experience his majesty in ordinary things like water, doves, voices and the sky. We are probably all waiting to hear, from the centre of the universe, the affirmation that "You are my beloved daughter / son. You delight me." There are parents who carry tattoos of their children's names, inked into their skins. In the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 49:16) it is written that God has inscribed, tattooed, the name of every one of us on the palm of his hand. God knows us by name; we belong to God; we are in God; and we are loved by God. It is a gift to every one of God's children.
Genesis 1: 1-5; Mark 1: 4-11

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