January 13, 2020

Matthew 3:13, 14 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Right from the beginning Jesus is not understood and questioned by someone who might have understood and trusted. According to Luke, John and Jesus were cousins in a culture were family ties were everything. Even though John was somewhat out of the ordinary (see Matthew 3:4), he and Jesus must have know each other and shared something in whatever development of thought and development preceded the gospel narratives of those last three years before crucifixion and resurrection. But here we see confusion and questioning. And so it still is with us. With all we know, we still don’t understand enough. We honestly question. We suspect, or even assert more strongly, that things ought to be different. With all this, John played his role in the story of Jesus. With all our confusion and questions, we can too. What questions are you honestly struggling to understand? How can you live them together with Jesus this week?

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