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Jan 17 Matthew 3: 11-17 by Becca

Summary: Before Jesus begins his ministry, he goes to be baptized by John the Baptist. Though John is initially reluctant, he baptizes Jesus. During Jesus’ baptism, all three of the Trinity are present: the Father’s voice speaks is heard from heaven while the Holy Spirit descends as a dove.

Focus Verse: 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Reflection: I know that my salvation is secured through Jesus’ crucifixion – the punishment meant for me – and resurrection, and today’s passage and reflection demonstrates another example of how Jesus takes our place as he receives the baptism he himself doesn’t need. I know that Jesus has paid the ransom for my life. And I know that when God looks down on Jesus and declares his love and satisfaction, that same love and satisfaction is extended to me. Yet, I wonder if I really live out my life as someone who is free – someone whose life has been redeemed – and as someone who is loved – loved for who I am as God’s daughter and not for what I’ve accomplished or what I have to offer.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for you taking my place and fulfilling the righteousness of God that we would be able to have eternal life with you. I pray that you would help me to live out that identity as one who has been redeemed and is loved by you, and that I would be able to shed the weight of the worldly fears that are constantly present. Help my heart to be focused on the truth of who you are and what you’ve done and what you’ve promised that I would be able to keep my eyes and ears and heart fixed on you over worldly distractions.

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