With many other churches Resurrection cancelled all the services this weekend. When Becky drove by, she noticed the parking lot wasn’t plowed out. Someone messed up. What does one do when church is cancelled? You go to the grocery store or St. Louis Bread Company (Panera).
Jesus has grown up fast since December 25th. He’s two years old on January 6 and on January 13 he’s thirty and goes to the Jordan to be baptized by his cousin John. Luke 3:21, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was also baptized. While He was praying, heaven opened, and the Holy Spirit came down on Him in bodily form as a dove. And a voice from heaven said, ‘You are my Son, whom I love, I am delighted with You.’”
The Prayer for the Day (Collect) is addressed to our “Father in heaven…You proclaimed Him (Jesus) Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit.” The prayer immediately moves on to our baptism. “Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life.”
Immediately after his baptism, Jesus “full of the Holy Spirit…was led by the Spirit in the wilderness…to be tempted by the devil.” We may be inheritors with Christ of everlasting life; however, we live in this world for decades before that inheritance of everlasting life is realized. After our baptism we may have been taken home to a gathering of our family. But we are also thrust into a world which challenges our trust in our heavenly Father and in Jesus’ death and resurrection guaranteeing our inheritance of everlasting life. We are tempted to go astray, as Jesus was. We need the Holy Spirit’s aid to remain faithful to our calling as children of the heavenly Father and brothers and sisters of Jesus, the master of our salvation.