I am part of a denomination that does not practice the 2 main sacraments of the Church; baptism and the Lord’s supper. That seems crazy to most Christians, and the debate rages on even within our own denomination. So this week’s text seems very foreign to me, intellectually I can interpret, but I have no experience to associate with the story found in Matthew 3.
Reading the text I liken it to the show Undercover Boss. In the show of course the boss goes undercover in his or her own organization to scope out any problems the company has. Throughout the show the boss works with several individuals and at the end usually rewards them for their efforts in making the company better.
At the end of the show when the CEO reveals that it was indeed them that was working alongside the workers, the employee cannot believe it and the they wonder what is actually going on, because they have been working right alongside the boss in a position that you would never normally find the head honcho. The boss then appreciates the work of the workers by providing some kind of extravagant gift.
Although I think the culture is changing, I know that in many organizations still the boss is rarely seen, they are this mysterious person that apparently runs the show. And no one really knows what to do when they show up, some put on their best behaviour and some panic.
Similarly, John doesn’t seem to know what to do when Jesus shows up on the scene to get baptised. He wants to refuse because why should he be baptizing The one? Jesus assures him though that this is the right thing to do, and so John consents. Jesus is no undercover boss, but he is God, who came and dwelt among us and got his hands dirty. He is the one with whom God is pleased and because of who he is we have received the extravagant gift of his love and redemption.v
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!!