Pastor Kurt Holm
The Creek Church Community
Matthew 3:15-16 But Jesus said, “It must be done, because we must do everything that is right.” So then John baptized him. 16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.
What are you doing about it?
I’ve heard a lot of people who can articulate the needs or point out the issues, but not many who commit themselves to doing what is needed to correct the problems. You know them too. People are “pointers” when they direct everyone’s attention to what is wrong, shake their heads in disgust, yet seem to be content believing that’s all they can or need to do. Unfortunately, that “pointer” can sometimes be me.
Jesus, in his baptism story, not only identifies the problem but also commits himself to the solution. The problem is sin; that propensity to assert our independence from relying on God. Jesus points to sin by requesting John to baptize him. Interestingly, Jesus has no sin to repent of and yet he identifies with all of us that need repentance. Secondly, Jesus did something about sin. In baptism, Jesus presented and dedicated himself to the mission of making sinners righteous, an appropriate beginning of his going-public ministry. Jesus’ baptism was a foretelling of the cross where he took on the responsibility for something he didn’t do. His identifying with us in baptism culminated at the cross when he broke our enslavement to sin.
I’m getting a little tired of pointing out the wrongs in other people and the world. My challenge, and maybe yours as well, is to do something about it. Jesus has called us not only as his beloved but as his representatives to implement his desires and will. So let’s not just identify the problems. They’re everywhere and countless anyway. But join one another in making a Christ difference in our world. So what is it that you’ve identified and what are you going to do about it?
Prayer: Jesus, give me the eyes to not only see the problems but the will to commit to the needed solution. Amen.