Sunday: Baptism of Jesus

Read John 1:43-51

from Shawn Van Dyke, Schuylkill Haven, PA First United Church of Christ

“Follow me.”  Jesus’ words to Philip echo in the ears of every Christian.  Jesus invites Philip to make a life-changing decision: walk in my footsteps, accept me as your teacher, and I will show you “heaven opened.”  At our baptism, we are invited to become disciples of Christ, to follow the One who can show us the fullness of life in this world and the next.  Each day we are invited to renew our commitment to Jesus who bridges heaven and earth.

Jesus’ interchange with Nathanael provides all the reason we need to follow: Jesus knows us before we know ourselves.  Jesus sees us as we are – opinionated, full of doubt, too honest – and calls us to follow anyway.  When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world, our eyes are opened to see what we have not seen before:  God with us.  We experience the birth of Jesus on a daily basis in Emmanuel, the One who teaches us to see God.

Holy God, as You sent Jesus to find Philip and Nathanael, send him to find us today and every day to open heaven to us.  Amen.

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