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Three Surprises at Jesus' Baptism

Perhaps you have already figured this out about me… I love doing baptisms! First, because baptisms often involve children… and I love children. Second, because baptism is all about beginning our spiritual journey… and I love beginnings. Third, because baptisms always involve surprises. You never know what is going to happen at a baptism. If it’s an infant baptism, the child might cry through the whole thing, or they might be perfectly behaved as the Dabrowski twins were last month. If it is an older child being baptized, you really don’t know what they are going to do. One Sunday, many years ago, I baptized a whole family of children. When I got to the youngest one, a nine year old boy named Ryan, he saw how much water I had used with his siblings, so as I poured the water over his head he quickly moved his tie aside because he didn’t want to get it wet. The congregation busted out laughing.
So, there are always surprises at a baptism, and Jesus’ baptism was no exception, as Matthew ma…
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