CREATION BENDING TO HIS WILL Saddened by the news that Herod had beheaded his cousin John, Jesus withdrew to the far side of the Sea of Galilee hoping to find a quiet place to be alone. The crowds would not have it. They tracked his boat across the lake and met him on the far shore. [...]
He Came As One of Us As unimaginable as it might be to us that the Creator would enter his creation as a dependent, vulnerable infant, what is perhaps even more astonishing is that he spent the next thirty years as a human, living among his people, and no one had a clue who [...]
As unimaginable as it might be to us that the Creator would enter his creation as a dependent, vulnerable infant, what is even more astonishing is that he spent the next thirty years as a human, living among his people and no one had a clue who he was. On a mission of redemption he was content to let the drama unfold quite naturally. For thirty years he did nothing anyone would regard as significant.
All Judea had come to hear John the Baptist. He was the voice crying in the wilderness, calling the nation to repentance. “Repent for the kingdom of God is here.” He was to prepare the way for someone greater, the Messiah. He told the crowds, “ I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Have you ever felt as though the Sun was unfairly picking on you, as if it had some personal vendetta? The sun on that day was a scorcher, and I was sitting under a nearby shade tree, looking for some relief from the heat, while waiting for my mother to bring her suitcase to the baggage truck. I had no idea that I was about to have one of the most memorable days of my life, one that would last a lifetime.