The Christ Anointed At Baptism
Even Jesus, the Christ of Redemption, had a moment in time when his anointing became manifest. For him it was at his baptism. The anointing was not the baptism itself but it was the approval that heaven gave him. The Spirit of God, which is the anointing, came upon him like a dove and set upon him.
It is true that Jesus was born as God-man. He was fully man and fully God. Yet, there was a point where the anointing to accomplish his purpose was made manifest. His baptism and anointing is the point at which his public ministry began.
I am mentioning this because there is a time when we are to make our faith public and there is a distinct point in time when we are anointed to fulfill our role in the kingdom of God. Of his own baptism Jesus said to John when he was arguing with him about being baptized, “It is proper for me to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”
Baptism is not only a good thing to do; it is a very important thing to do. When we perform the righteous act of baptism we are declaring to the world that we are now a new creation and citizens of the kingdom of God. We are now ready to be anointed for service.
Just as Jesus was anointed for his work in the kingdom, so we will have a moment in time where God manifests his Spirit in us with a call to service. That event will probably not involve a dove setting on our shoulder, or any other physical manifestation, but there will be something happen inside of us, in the place where the Spirit of God dwells, that gives us the assurance that this is the call of God.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to submit to the work of the Holy Spirit and to allow the Holy Spirit to use me in service. In Jesus name. Amen.
Message: Just as Jesus was anointed for his work in the kingdom, so we will have a moment in time where God manifests his Spirit in us with a call to service.
Affirmation: I am ready to be used of God because I have been confirmed in the faith and he has called me to serve.
Reflection: There are many points of consecration in our faith walk and each one of them brings with it a new commitment to the kingdom of God. What has God put in your heart to do in service to his kingdom? Not all are called to public ministry but all are called to serve.
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