Week 7 : Saturday

When Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan, he approached John to be baptized by him. John found Christ’s request unacceptable, saying that he was the one who needed to be baptized by Jesus. Jesus answered John that they should do this to fulfill all righteousness. John baptized the Lord, and when Jesus came up out of the waters, the skies opened up and John saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and coming to rest on him. A voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Jesus is the true beloved Son of the Father.

Whatever our differences in the Church, and there are many, there is still a fundamental unity in the Son and by the Holy Spirit. There is truly one Lord, one faith, one baptism. There is a deep and fundamental unity despite our diversity. The unity is this: we are the body of one Lord, we are indwelt by one Spirit. Let us work to embody the unity that God has created among us.

Father, make us one, even as you are one with the Son and the Spirit.

Saturday: Lev. 7-8

Yet their intention seems to be to give expression to the true meaning implicit in the sacrificial rituals, insisting that prayer and praise, repentance, confession and obedience, are the essential requirements of God. Worshippers are asked to admit that they cannot give God anything to satisfy his needs and yet he is to be honoured by every expression of faith, gratitude and obedience. What is required of those who would come into God’s presence is purity of heart and life (e.g. Pss. 15; 24; 119).

~ David G. Peterson, Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. pp. 45-46.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Behold the Lamb of God, John 1.29-42

Book Reading
Peterson, Engaging with God

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