God among us: The Baptism of Christ

Pietro Perugino: Baptism of the Lord (Sistine Chapel) c. 1482

Through baptism, Jesus surely found a deeper assurance of His Father’s presence and power, giving Him a calm confidence, a vocation to mission and service. Something sorely needed for what was to come.

Words from Paul Pritchard’s sermon at High mass on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ. Paul continued…

I suspect that most of us will not remember our own baptisms because of our tradition of infant baptism but there are certainly those I know amongst us who were baptised as adults and here at St C’s we are blessed with a good number of adults coming for baptism. I asked some of our friends here, baptised as adults, to say in a word or two what it meant for them:-

  • One said it gave a feeling of “calm and peacefulness”
  • Another said it was about “being accepted”.
  • And another it was to be “born again”

All wonderful things, things that chime with 3 thousand-year-old prophesy Isaiah of the promises of God – remember that God “always acts anew”. See these things that have come to pass!

Jesus’ life as we know it really started with this act of baptism, he came in calmness and peace, to be accepted as one of us but through it he was born again!

So we are joined in friendship here for many different reasons, for some it is absolutely 100% full on unwavering faith, whilst for others it is about being accepted in this community, for others it is the calm and peacefulness off the church and for many of us, me included it is all of the above to a greater or lesser extent.

Whether you are a baptised member of the Christian Church or not, you are loved by God, He is the God for all as prophesied by Isaiah and lived out by Christ. This morning we are all being invited to rededicate our faith with water from the font and this invitation is for every one of us, whatever our reasons for being here are – try it, you may just hear and see things anew!

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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