Day: Baptism of Jesus B
Lectionary Passage: Mark 1:4-11
Object: Two identical objects and a marker
Hello everybody! Today we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus. It happened long ago when Jesus was just about to start his ministry. He went to John the Baptist and asked to be baptized in the Jordan River. And that’s exactly what John did — he baptized Jesus with water. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, something amazing happened: The Holy Spirit came down like a dove and God’s said he loved Jesus. All of this took place to mark Jesus in a special way as he began his ministry to the world.
That same kind of thing happens to each one of us when we are baptized. God marks us and prepares us for ministry to the world. Baptism marks us as God’s people. Think about it like this: Here are two identical paper cups. You can’t tell one from the other. They are the same. But, if I mark this one (draw a cross on one cup) then you can tell it is different from the other. God does something like that to us when we are baptized. We can’t see the mark with our eyes but hopefully we can feel it on our hearts.
But this mark isn’t just decoration! It’s God’s way of preparing us for ministry. Ministry is when we follow Jesus in changing the world through the power of love. You can do ministry in a whole bunch of different ways (this is an opportunity to provide 2-3 examples of how children can be involved in ministry at your church). When we are baptized, God marks us for ministry to the world!
Let’s pray: Thank you God for the gift of Baptism. As we follow Jesus into the waters of Baptism, may we also follow him in ministry to love you and love others. Amen.