|Posted by saintisaac on January 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM|
Greetings from the deep south as Dc. Dustin and I are on a pastoral trip in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We can confirm there is high quality H20 in this part of the country. Our room is quaint and quiet, every sound stands out and we understand why Jesus sent them out two by two! There is a brisk bite to the air, bite that is intensified by high humidity.
Just outside our room is a small lake. This morning on a short walk, I noticed a reflected sunrise in the waters that fill the lakebed. How powerful a reflection can be. In many ways, a reflection can appear to enhance the original beauty of that which is being reflected.
Today's reflection is the WATERS! In today's scriptures, we notice the next candidate for baptism in John the Great Baptizer's line is the Savior. Jesus...baptized? Isn't He perfect and isn't baptism reserved for completely imperfect people? Oh, what a picture -- Jesus adjusting to the cool water preparing to be dipped. John's reservations are justified, "I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" Matthew 3:14.
In his book The Inner Kingdom, Bishop Kallistos Ware offers a beautiful answer using simple picture language to the question, why baptize the Savior, "We are dirty, at Baptism we go down into clean water and we come out cleansed. At our Baptism, then, we are sanctified by the waters. But Christ is clean; at His Baptism He goes down into the dirty water and Himself cleanses the waters, making them pure. He imparts holiness to the waters, and so by extension to the entire material creation."
It is through Baptism that a believer becomes a reflecting pool. More beautiful than a sunrise or sunset, the Savior becomes the original image that others inevitably see. As we keep our eyes on Him, He is made known through us. Amen!
Be strengthened in Him today!