Jonah is a parable-like story referenced by Jesus to dramatically illustrate the Gospel. You can read this “minor prophet” in 10 minutes, but it challenges us to do the hard work of living the Good News everyday with everyone we meet, especially those (who perhaps like ourselves) seem unlikely to respond to the gift of grace. Listen to the first sermon in this 4 part series here.
Also, here is a poem I read by a favorite writer and poet, Scott Cairns, called The Imprisonment of Jonah that cleverly captures the essence of the story. Listen to the author reading it here. (It is from his collected poems, Slow Pilgrim.)
Jesus’ Baptism – and ours – reminds us that we enter into the very life of the Trinity! We join with God in His Mission to the world! Our teaching series on “Ordinary People ~ Radical Kingdom“ dwells on the beginning of Christ’s public ministry including the CALLING of the disciples as well as OUR calling to follow Him.
The account of Jesus’ baptism by John is recorded in all four Gospels and is loaded with foundational truth about God and how near he is. You can access the sermon here.
Malcom Guite has written a sonnet describing the beautiful authority and subversion of His Kingdom Reign.
The Baptism of Christ
Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;
The river runs, the clouds are torn apart,
The Father speaks, the Sprit and the Son
Reveal to us the single loving heart
That beats behind the being of all things
And calls and keeps and kindles us to light.
The dove descends, the spirit soars and sings
‘You are belovèd, you are my delight!’
In that quick light and life, as water spills
And streams around the Man like quickening rain,
The voice that made the universe reveals
The God in Man who makes it new again.
He calls us too, to step into that river
To die and rise and live and love forever.
Malcolm Guite, from Sounding the Seasons
Remember your baptism!
You are beloved!
You are called!