In the Christian Year, the first Sunday after Epiphany remembers and celebrates Christ's baptism. At New Hope will observe this day through the reading and preaching of Mark 1:9-13 which tells the story briefly and powerfully.
After an obscure childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, Jesus came from Nazareth to be baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. This event marked the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and started him on the road to the cross.
In Christian baptism we receive a new identity as God's children. Our life without God is washed away and He publicly marks us as His children. If that is what baptism does, then why was Jesus baptized? After all, he was already God's Son before his baptism - not just in his divine nature, but in his human nature. How then did Jesus' baptism change his identity, and why should this matter to us? Come and see!