Main Street UMC, Kernersville, NC

“The Perfect Candidate”

Isaiah 42: 1-9

The Servant of the Lord

42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,    my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,    and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,    or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
    he will not falter or be discouragedtill he establishes justice on earth.
    In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

This is what God the Lord says—the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,    who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,    who gives breath to its people,    and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;    I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you    to be a covenant for the people   and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,    to free captives from prison    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

“I am the Lord; that is my name!    I will not yield my glory to another    or my praise to idols.

See, the former things have taken place,    and new things I declare;before they spring into being    I announce them to you.”

Matthew 3: 13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”