Homily – Baptism of Jesus

Homily – Baptism of Jesus


Luke 3:15-22                         The Message (MSG)

15 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?”

16-17 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.”

18-20 There was a lot more of this—words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart in them. The Message! But Herod, the ruler, stung by John’s rebuke in the matter of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, capped his long string of evil deeds with this outrage: He put John in jail.

21-22 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.”




-Christian sacrament (ritual/ceremony)

marked by ritual use of water and                  admitting the recipient to the                         Christian community

-a non-Christian rite using water for               ritual purification

-Christian sacrament signifying                       spiritual         cleansing and rebirth

-an immersion or sprinkling of water                      that signifies one’s identification with            a belief or cause.

In Christianity,                                                      it is the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection     (Rom. 6:4-5).

It is done in the name and authority                      (Acts 4:7) of Christ with the baptismal    formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit       (Matt. 28:19).


Do you remember your baptism?

This is what we are called to do whenever we witness a baptism… to remember our own.


How were you Baptized?






What is one word that describes your baptism?



Why were you baptized?





Some Traditions: baptism needed for salvation


It does not save us (1 Pet. 3:21).                      However, it is our responsibility,                               as believers, to receive it.

Why are some baptized by                            sprinkling? Pouring? Immersion?


Why was Jesus baptized?

Baptism of REPENTENCE?

Washing away sins?


Possible Reasons

  1. He would be recognized by his forerunner, John the Baptizer
  2. Showed Jesus identified with sinners
  3. His baptism symbolized the sinners’ baptism into righteousness
  4. Showed his approval of John’s baptism, and that it was approved by God.
  5. Symbol of the new beginning of     Jesus’ ministry

Some theologians say that Jesus                         was also just following Jewish law…                   the legal requirements for                                   entering priesthood….

  1. Cleansing – washing – water
  2. Anointing with oil – represents the anointing of the HS.
  3. Needed to be 30 years old
  4. Receive verbal blessing – God spoke this blessing.


Luke was not as concerned with the Baptism of Jesus, as he was with what happened               AFTER WARDS

Luke, unlike Matthew, Mark and John                never mentions Jesus in the water,                        or that it was John who baptized him.

Luke directed our attention to what Jesus did AFTER the baptism – his story has Jesus

IN PRAYER after the baptism and at            THAT time the HS descended                 on Jesus like a dove…


Luke wanted his listeners to know that PRAYER was and is an important part of Jesus’ life as it should be for all of us…

And it is in prayer that we will receive the HS…

Baptism ends too soon when we focus only on              the moment and forget what comes                    after the water has dried:

a baptism-shaped life where God’s Spirit               dwells within our very bodies.

Please pray with me.

Gracious God, remind us that baptism is a symbol that we are claimed by someone special and called to do something special.

That we are God’s beloved… and God is well pleased with us…

Pour out your Holy Spirit now upon us, upon and within our bodies.

Help us to live in faithfulness to you long after the water has dried.


Assistance in Omaha




  • Islamic Center of Omaha – 3511 No. 73 402-571-0720 they are good about serving anyone in need. Food Pantry. Will pay some for utilities. one time Apply for assistance on line and pull up ZAKAT application.. Grocery give away once a month . 1st Sat. of month 10:30-11:30 am/ first come first served.
  • The Public School Need help with food or clothing …many schools have backpack programs where kids can take a backpack or box of food home over the weekend. Also let the teacher know if kids need clothing . Talk to the counselor at the school regarding all these things.


    • St. Vincent de Paul 402-305-4502 2101 Leavenworth T/Th 9-12:30 Food Pantry . Need Photo ID, SSN for all in household. One visit to pantry per month. 2 free changes of clothes every 90 days. Clothes available M/W/F no voucher needed. Furniture vouchers are given out at local parishes. Call 402-346-5445 to find a Catholic parish near you. No need to be Catholic for these services.
  • Salvation Army Burrows Center for Help/Hope 6101 Radial Hwy. 402-898-6090. Pantry once a month. Need photo ID, SS cards for all in family, proof of address. M/T/Th/F 9-noon, 1-3:30.


    • COUNTRYSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH 8787 Pacific St. 68114 402-391-0350. Community Cupboard pantry 1st Saturday of month 9:30-11:30 . No ID, No Limits on food. Must provide name and # in household.
  • Living Hope UMC- Pearl Food Pantry 2919 State St. 68112 402-614-7452 no ID, SS, or proof of address needed M-F 10am-4pm
  • HEART MINISTRY- 2222 Binney . 402-451-2321 Associated with Sacred Heart Church. Do not need be Catholic to get assistance. food pantry, some furniture. Walk in Pantry W/F 10-1. Seniors only on Thursday 10am-1pm. Porto Urgent Care Clinic (Physician Assistant) 9am-11:30 W and F. Dental Clinic Th/ by appt.
  • Heartland Hope- heartlandhopemission.org 2021 “U” Street 402-733-2077 excellent place not so good about returning calls. Pantry: Thurs and Saturday 1:30-4 pm. Tues evening 6:30-7:30 pm.   Clothing free; hygiene products available. Offer classes in budgeting and saving.
  • KOUNTZE MEMORIAL CHURCH- 2650 Farnam 402-341-7761 Pantry: Monday 10am-1.   Healing Gift Clinic by appt. only call Gordon at # listed . Enter south door by church office.
  • Vineyard Food Assistance- 5030 N. 72nd 402-393-9077   Pantry can be used once a month. 3rd Saturday 9:30-11:30 bagged groceries, coffee, hot meal.
  • First Lutheran Church 31st and Jackson. 402-345-7506 Food pantry – one pantry per 30 days. Need photo ID,SSN,proof of address. Clothes Closet available.
  • Assistance League of Omaha 3569 Leavenworth 402-342-4288 They can help with the kids underwear, socks, clothes and more.



**Food pantry: generally one visit per month. Be prepared to show a photo ID, SS cards for all in household, and a piece of mail with your current address. Those requiring the aforementioned are linked to a database which shows if you have utilized other pantry sites during the month. In such a case you will be denied the pantry.   *** It is advisable to clarify questions you might have by calling the organization. **** Confirm dates and times for site you wish to visit.



  • Energy Assistance Program – United Way 211, Call 402-444-6666.
  • LIHEAP federal funds for low income households’ energy needs. Apply: accessnebraska.gov
  • St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church 8200 N 30th 402-455-1289.Ask for assistance with utility bill . Most pay is $200. If that church isn’t in your neighborhood then give address and ask which church is in their area. You do not have to be Catholic.
  • Together Inc. 812 S. 24 St. 68114 402-345-8047 Pantry M/W/TH 9am-1pm Tues 9am-7pm. Offers financial assistance one time payments




  • Heartland Family Service. 2102 So 42. 68105. 402-553-3000. Programs /assistance related to addiction, child abuse, community services, domestic violence, early childhood education, juvenile delinquency, mental health, and poverty/homelessness.


  • Heartland Workforce Solutions 5752 Ames, 68104. 402-444-4700. Training for workforce, career development. Worthwhile programs.


  • Car repairs. Call Metro South Campus. Ask for Al Cox. See if they still assess repairs and work on cars through their Auto Repair program. You pay for parts , they do labor unless things have changed. 402-457-2400 general number then ask for Al Cox. If he no longer in charge ask for new person’s name and direct telephone number.



Seldin Co. 402-3337373 to find low income housing. They are very

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Table of Mercy Breakfast Club


These pictures show how some of the Nebraska homeless live. Before you judge what you see, take a moment to learn about these people and how they have to survive.

A group of caring people from Atlantic, Iowa who are called the Table of Mercy Breakfast Club have been working with a particular group of people who are homeless. These people who have no home to call their own, have banded together in several small campsites / communities.  Sometimes they go it alone , other times there are two or more, and probably never more than six or eight. 

It took a lot of patience and effort for the Table of Mercy Breakfast Club to earn the trust of this secluded community.

North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has donated items to  assist the Table of Mercy group in bringing aid to this community.

If you would like to help this community, contact Rev. Susan Ellis, at revsusanellis54@gmail.com.