Texts: Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17
I want to start this morning with an excerpt from a poem called “Traditional Values Worldview” by the spoken word artist named Levi the Poet. In the first half of the poem, we enter the story of a young woman traveling with her father, a sea captain. She meets a young man on one of their island stops, and here we pick up as the young woman and this new friend head off looking for adventure:
[You can read and listen to the full poem HERE. The excerpt during the sermon began about halfway through the poem at the line: "The boy and I met a mystic...".]
The story of Jesus’ baptism is a bit confounding for those of us who may have grown up with a theology of baptism sunk so deeply into the notion of washing away sin that we have forgotten where the surface really is or what it means to fill our lungs to the brink of overflowing. Those of us who broke forth from the waters gasping toward a forgiveness that could finally make us good,
we echo that voice from the wilderness stuttering over the...