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Who Are You?

Tuesday, January 30th
Who Are You?
By: Anna Williams 

Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

The sacrament of baptism is a declaration of identity. For Jesus, it was the statement that he was indeed the very Messiah that John had been preaching about. He was the Son of God and the fulfillment of Jewish prophecies. This was further confirmed by God’s response when the Holy Spirit descended upon him after coming out of the water.

When you and I choose to receive Baptism, we are declaring that we are now sons and daughters of God – adopted as heirs through the salvation of Christ. This is an outward symbol of God’s saving grace and work done internally.

We must be careful not to forget who we are and what has been done for us. Each day that we wake and find ourselves with the opportunity of another day, we must walk in that identity and continuously seek to align ourselves with our Father’s Will.

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