Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of this Sunday’s (January 12, 2020, Baptism of the Lord, Year A) bulletin for the Fishkill UMC. Service begins at 10:15 am and you are welcome to join us.
When was that one moment when you knew that God was with you? When did you feel in your heart, mind, and soul that you were a Christian?
A few years back, I came across a saying from the Talmud (though Google insists that Winston Churchill said it) that says,
“In every age there comes a time when leadership suddenly comes forth to meet the needs of the hour. And so there is no man who does not find his time, and there is no hour that does not have its leader.”
Some have said that Jesus did not need to be baptized by John. Even John acknowledged that he, John, was not worthy of taking on that task. But the baptism of Jesus by John and the subsequent anointment by the Holy Spirit tells us that things were going to be different.
In a statement similar to that given by the Talmud, Jawaharlal Nehru said that there is a point in time when we step out from the old age into a new one.
There are many challenges facing us as we begin the new year and the new decade. How we answer those challenges will define us. One cannot predict nor can one force the moment when God, through the Holy Spirit, asks you to take on a new task. But one has to be ready when that moment comes.
As the old hymn goes, Jesus is calling us, softly and gently. Will this be your moment, the moment when you answer the call?