Thought of the Day January 5, 2022 Obedience

By 10:07 AM

This coming Sunday we are going to celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan. There are many levels of revelations contain in this event in the life of Jesus. When we were baptized, something radically happen to us. Being alienated from God from the moment of our conception because of Original Sin, in the waters of baptism sin is removed, we are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus, and we became an adopted son or daughter of God. For Jesus, the perfect God/Man, his baptism was not for forgiveness of sin. He did not need salvation, for he was the Savior. He was the only-begotten Son of the Father. He was filled with the Holy Spirit from conception. His baptism, unlike ours, was a public commitment of himself to do the will of the Father, even to death on the cross as our Messiah and Lord. He immersed himself in the will of the Father. 

From the time of our baptism we are learning how to be obedient to the will of the Father, even though we fail many times because of our tendency to sin. Paul calls this the inner law of sin in each of us. But with the example of Jesus and through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we can become more obedient, beginning in small things.  Obedience is the first lesson we can learn from the Baptism of the Lord, even if it is a life-time learning lesson.

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