Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 12, 2014

Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17

In some traditions, today is a feast day, commemorating the baptism of Jesus. 

In each of these passages, what are some descriptions and characteristics of Jesus. To name a few, He is the Lord's Servant in Isaiah, "...there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all" in Acts, and He was required to be baptized in Matthew. There are many more listed in these passages. Take time to list them if you are able.
How do we see God the Father in these passages? How do we see the Holy Spirit? Why do you suppose Jesus was required to be baptized? What does it mean to be baptized?

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy
Spirit you have bestowed upon your servants the
forgiveness of sin, and have raised us to the new life of
grace. Sustain us, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give us
an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to
persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy
and wonder in all your works. 

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