Following the One in Whom God Delights

John the Baptist calls out, “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight.”
But how do we prepare for the Christ?

Don’t cheat. Don’t harass others. Share what you have. Don’t rely upon the ancestors to cover up your misdeeds.
How can we mark our repentance?

John baptized the people with water.
We publicly proclaim our intention to live as God intends us to live.

While John was baptizing the people, he also baptized Jesus.
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1 NRSV)

Follow Jesus the one in whom God delights. 
We repent of our old ways. We call upon the Spirit to guide us in the ways of Jesus. Amen.

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 42:1, Luke, Luke 3, Luke 3:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

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