In Matthew 3, we visit John the Baptist. He was a total hippie, living in the wilderness of Judea. He preached repentance and baptized people in the Jordan river. Jesus went to him to be a baptized, and when he did, the heavens opened.
Let's dive a little deeper in the waters of the Jordan River. When Jesus asked John to baptize him, John replied, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" (Matthew 3:14). John recognized Jesus as the son of God, and thus Jesus' ultimate spiritual authority. John looked into the eyes of his saviour, wondering why on earth Jesus wanted to be baptized by him instead of the other way around.
There is something so beautiful about Jesus' desire to be baptized by John. His beginnings were so humble. The King of Kings was born in a manger, and baptized by an eccentric in the wilderness. Hillsong notes, "[Jesus] was not a sinner, yet he humbled himself in obedience to identify with us and give us an example to follow."
For those of you unfamiliar with a baptism, Hillsong describes it as: "an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ. Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. As per the example of Jesus, [we are to be baptized] by being immersed in water."
I was baptized this past Easter with a church family I love. In the last two years Jon and I have gotten plugged into Village Church and it has been incredible. It has filled the cracks in my heart with pure gold. If you're looking for a home church, I highly recommend it. They have sites in Vancouver and Calgary, check them out.
Getting baptized was surreal. There were 20 young people getting baptized that Sunday, an incredible testament to a new generation of passionate believers. We joined our Pastor in the water and one after the other were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
As I stood in the water and confirmed that I believed Christ to be my saviour, I thought of Jesus' baptism. Matthew 3:16-17 says, "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
When I arose from the water, I didn't see any doves; but I did hear the roar of a lion; the call of my saviour, saying, "this is my daughter, whom I love; with her I am well pleased."
Here's something beautiful: when Jesus was baptized, God did not declare him loved based on his gender, the colour of his skin or his socio-economic status. God declared Jesus loved simply because Jesus had declared God as King of Kings and vowed to do good works in His name.
A key part of feminism is fighting for equal rights so that everyone may have the freedom to do what they love and be who they were created to be so that they may bring more good into this world. When we bring good into this world our heavenly father (or mother; but we'll get into that another time) is well pleased.
If you have ever doubted it, hear me now: you are loved by God. You are accepted, welcomed, respected and adored. You have no idea of the breadth of his love, but trust me: it covers you and longs for you.
Lean in; it's always, always worth it.