The Second Sunday of January is formally recognized throughout the Christian Church as Epiphany Sunday. The church celebrates and remembers the Baptism of Jesus and its significance for the living of our days. The Baptism of Jesus by John in the river Jordan was actually when we think about it, a consecration service, a service where Jesus presented himself and was consecrated, and dedicated Himself to the ministry that was now before Him.
Matthew’s version of Jesus Baptism records; “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a Dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Though being greater than John, Jesus humbled himself and presented himself to John to be baptized, in an act of consecration and dedication.
Within every Church Communion, be it Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran or Catholic, there services of ordination and installation in which Pastors, Ruling Elders, Deacons, Trustees are consecrated, set apart, to the ministry the Lord and congregation has called them to. And we do this of our own free will in service to God, and His people for the work of the church and the growth of the Kingdom here on earth.
The Season of Epiphany and the Lord’s Baptism are important because they remind us that we have been chosen to serve. Whatever title, office or position we occupy does not belong to us, but it belongs to God. We are merely God’s servants, the Lord’s stewards who have been commissioned to carry out God’s will and His work. A high and holy calling which no one dare not enter to or take lightly. For everyone must someday give an account of their service for God in reaching our fellow humanity with the Good News of this Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the words of Charles Wesley,
“A charge to keep I have, A God to glorify, A never dying soul to save, And fit it for the sky. To serve this present age, My calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage To do my Master’s will!” – Matthew 2:13
–Rev. Dr. Harold E. Kidd
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