2018 01 07: Into the Wilderness

The question that stared me in the face all week while I was thinking about this sermon was, “Why did Jesus have to be baptized?” If baptism has to do with breaking the bond of sin, of making a statement and ritual that darkness and evil doesn’t get the last word in this life that’s being shoved under the water and dragged back up, and if, of course, Jesus didn’t sin, and was God and so there was no darkness or evil in him, why did he go and be baptized?