We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:4
Jesus was not baptized by water. He was baptized by the Breath of God, the Holy Spirit. The water is only a symbol.
The Holy Spirit is vitally important, because the Word of God cannot be formed without the Breath of God. God’s creative will cannot be enacted without Breath.
“4. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it.”
Those who practiced selflessness: simple sharing, justice and equity. They all made certain none had less or more but shared the lamb in proportion, and the Lord’s Destroyer passed them over. These traits are the very traits Christ expounds upon repeatedly in the Gospels. They are the traits of The Kingdom of God.
Bible Readings for Sunday January 16th, 2011 – The 2nd Week of Epiphany *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Isaiah 49:1-7 1. Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. [...]