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. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3 : 16 – 17
What beautiful imagery. Jesus comes out of the water after getting baptised, the heaven opens, and the Spirit of God descends on him. In this beautiful scene God identifies Jesus and equips him for his ministry. Not only does God declare who Jesus is and equip him, he makes sure Jesus and those present knows that God loves him. God claims Jesus as his son.
When I read this, I think of baptism. When we are baptised, we are claimed as God’s beloved, and we are given the task to go out and follow God, and God’s call on our lives. One thing I have always loved about baptism is that the members of the church make a promise to the person being baptised. They promise to walk alongside them and support them as they grow in their faith. We are claimed and called when we are baptised.
In this time when we find ourselves separated physically, we are still joined as the body of Christ. We are claimed and loved. We still can walk alongside each other and support each other through this time. We are still able to be there and offer support and love to people in our communities. Just as we have people who support us, we are called to do the same.
Prayer: Loving God, we thank you that just as you called and claimed Jesus as your beloved, you call and claim us as well. We thank you that you have called us to be your hands and feet in this world. Help us to continue in that calling even during this time when serving you looks different. Remind us that we are all joined together as the body of Christ, and we can care for each other even when are physically separated. Amen.
Action: Reach out to someone in your life. It might be someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or someone who you know needs so support and love during these times. Take the time to see how they are doing, and ask how you can support them.