This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, January 10, 2016. The scripture Luke 3:15-22. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The New Revised Standard Version:
15 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?” 16But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. 17He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” 18There was a lot more of this—words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart in them. The Message! 19But Herod, the ruler, stung by John’s rebuke in the matter of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 20capped his long string of evil deeds with this outrage: He put John in jail. 21After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up 22and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”
Both the New Revised Standard Version and The Message can be found here.