Baptism of Our Lord - "The Voice of the Lord Speaks 'Beloved'"
Today we are going to continue our journey through the Season of Epiphany and the sermon series, "Expect the Unexpected." Epiphany is a season of surprise realization. It's when we have the opportunity to begin to see more clearly who Jesus is, and what Jesus came to do.
Fr. Thomas Keating once wrote about this season:
The great enlightenment of the Christmas-Epiphany Mystery is when we perceive that the divine light manifests not only that the Son of God has become a human being, but that we are incorporated into his body. This is the special grace of Epiphany
Today we are going to take a bit of a detour in the Epiphany journey however because the official "Feast Day" in the historic church calendar today is The Baptism of our Lord. This is the moment when Jesus is baptized by John and something amazing happens...
The Voice of the Lord speaks and says something beautiful... we'll get to that in a moment.
I want you to think about the most recognizable voices you can think of. I'm actually going to play some clips and I want you to see if you can guess which actor fits with the iconic voice that you are hearing.
There's something about a familiar voice, right? When you hear the voice of a loved one after a long absence... When you hear a voice mail from someone special... Even someone who has passed away...
In the story of Jesus' Baptism, the Voice of the Lord speaks over Jesus as he emerges from the Jordan River---speaking the word "Beloved" over him. The Voice of the Lord calls Jesus "Beloved" before he begins his ministry... before the miracles... before the Cross...
Today we're going to explore this moment in a roundabout kind of way. I'm going to be preaching and teaching from Psalm 29, and we're going to learn a bit more about the Voice of the Lord, and how God is still speaking... and what God is saying over you and me.
Here's what I want us to hold on to today---the main idea that we're going to be coming back to again and again: The Voice of the Lord Speaks "Beloved."
Don't go anywhere---we'll be back with much more.
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,[b]
and strips the forest bare;
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!