Despite taking place in the wilderness, this baptism is a pretty public event. There were crowds who came to see John, some to be baptized. And as this Egyptian icon illustrates, the church has imagined angels as witnesses. People have struggled with the apparent conflict between the historical truth that Jesus was baptized by John, and the question about why Jesus (later known by the church as the Son of God) would need such a baptism.
But one thing is clear: the voice from heaven which proclaims Jesus as beloved. The same voice that God speaks to each of us in claiming us for the heavenly kingdom. This Sunday we'll listen together for God's Word, and share the meal of Holy Communion, with Pr. Hans Arnesen preaching and presiding.
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