Baptism of Christ – Year B

Genesis 1:1–5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

John called people to be baptized in the Jordan river as an act of repentance that recalled an ancient memory for the people of Israel. Following God’s leadership, they crossed the Jordan from the wilderness to the promised land. In Baptism, Jesus identified himself as one of them. A second dimension is that baptism brings people into closer communion with the Holy Spirit, preparing them for ministry and mission. On a personal level, baptism symbolizes our own tangible entry into the the fellowship of the church, active participants in its ministry and mission.