As disciples of Christ we are on a mission to become more and more like our master, but in order to do that, we must seek to know who it is that we come to worship and choose to follow.
As we embark on a new series, which will cover the weekly blog and Sunday messages, we are asking the question – who is Jesus?
The main window through which we will look is the first chapter of Mark’s gospel; studying these opening accounts of Christ’s ministry, beginning this week with Christ’s Baptism
The importance of this event cannot be stated enough – it helps us to ‘set the scene’ as Jesus steps into his ministry. The baby who had been worshipped in a manger, the boy who discussed religion with the pharisees in the temple while his parents frantically searched for him, was now a man on a mission.
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:9-11)
We will see these words, spoken over Jesus as the onset of his ministry, again when concluding this series, as we look at the Transfiguration. They sum up for us the basic truth that Jesus is the Son of God, however, to borrow his words from Matthew 16:15, who do you say that he is?
As we walk together, using the readings from the lectionary as a springboard into the world at the time Jesus walked on its surface, let us be open minded, and come to know more of him, to have perspectives changed. But more than any of this, let us come with a willingness to be changed.