“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1 – 2)
Now that we are past Christmas, beloved reader, we are coming into the days of celebration and days of feast that commemorate the Messiah’s beginning steps of his mission and journey on earth. Later this week we will pause and take note of the Lord God incarnate being revealed as Jesus Christ. The marker for this is the visit of the Magi. But that is yet to come.
Today we are looking the scripture passage for the baptism of Jesus. This feast day (or week, since we are taking our time) marks the end of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus is the marker for Jesus as a man to take up in earnest the mission to bring news to the Jews and all those who would hear and listen to what is being preached. So the Revised Common Lectionary takes us back to the very beginning, when creation was just beginning; and we hear the voice of the Divine coming out of chaos to bring order.
“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (Verses 3 – 5)
This does remind me of something that I read a while back. For the Jews day began the evening before the day – which means that Sabbath starts Friday evening and lasts through the following day, when at evening the new/next day is started. It would seem that way of counting and accounting for the days started long ago, at creation. Just as the fruition and fulfillment of the Messiah started back at creation too.
This blog entry comes to you one day early to make room in the middle of the week, on the appropriate day, to mark the Epiphany of the Lord. It is interesting, is it not, that in the same week we acknowledge the Divinity and connection of the Lord God and Jesus Christ we also take note of his baptism and his commitment as laid out by John the Baptist to faithfully the Divine – who Jesus is. Beginnings can be interesting, complicated, and juxtaposed.
Out of the chaos that is intermingling of the human body, spirit, and soul – a devotion to Jesus Christ and the Lord God comes. We see more clearly who we are, what we have done, and we have the opportunity to make changes that will have significant implications for the rest of our lives. Each time, beloved reader, we renew our commitment to the Divine we have the opportunity to start fresh. May we come out of the darkness of our past and claim the light of our future! Shalom & Selah!