January 12, 2013

Baptism of the Lord (January 13, 2013)

Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22

Expectation for and from the Beloved

"The people were filled with expectation."  Their expectation suggests that they have been waiting and longing for the fulfillment of God's promise.  They must also have trusted that God will keep God's words.

Think of a time we waited for a loved one coming for a visit, especially if it is long-overdue.  Or have you ever seen families united at the airport exits?

That is the kind of expectation.

And think that God is speaking to each of us using the very words God affirms who Jesus is.  "You are my beloved son.  You are my beloved daughter, with you I am well pleased."

Now think of us coming off the airport exit.  And it's God who is there waiting for us, God's beloved sons and daughters.

Are we filled with the same kind of expectation for God?

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