January 13, 2019

God’s Special Agents
The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ
1st Sunday in Epiphany, Year C
Becky Robbins-Penniman

I want you all to take a good look at each other. Go ahead. Look around. Do you know what who you’re looking at?

You – each one of you – are looking at a person who is an integral, essential, special agent in God’s plan for saving the world. Remember, someone is looking at YOU, too. That’s what the letter to the Ephesians says. God’s plan, from the beginning of time, was to be incarnated in Jesus Christ.

This beloved Son came from God and as God to redeem, to save and liberate, all creation from the agony of sin – from selfishness, violence, tyranny, fear, greed, and hatred – by bringing all people, Jew and Gentile, into one glorious body, the Church. At the time of that letter, in Paul’s view, in all the world there were only two kinds of people: Jews and Gentiles. So the plan to bring Gentiles into the Body of Christ, the Church, meant 100% of the people on the planet were part of God’s plan of salvation.

Read the full sermon HERE.