January 11, 2004 - Epiphany
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, "Could this John be the Messiah?"
 But 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.  He'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."
 After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up  and 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."
1. How many rumors of Messiah have come and gone before John's time. There are records of several and the odds are that there are still more. The Messiah complex is not only a recent phenomena in mental hospitals or Jerusalem.
Here is one place to reflect on this and more
(be sure to read the last entry) about the Three
Christs of Ypsilanti. And a place to think about the fixation
some Christians have about Jesus' return in relationship to Jerusalem.
Imagine again the flood of Noah's day. GOD's
pledge is to not root out evil in such a manner again. Baptism
reminds us of that and we can catch a glimpse of a rainbow at
every baptism. Remember that it won't be a flood, but fire next
time. How is the anticipation of the Holy Spirit's fire any different
from GOD's attempt to micro-manage relationships through a flood?
Is the external/internal polarity any help here or are we really
just talking about an updating of that ancient story? If only
an update, will the end be any different than the repentance