Excerpt from Your Kingdom Come
Talk given by M. Nadine

“But God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

At the Baptism at the Jordan, which is the First Luminous Mystery, Jesus is actually identifying Himself with sinners. We think of Baptism as washing away sin, taking everything away that is not of God. And it does. But at the Baptism at the Jordan, it almost seems to be the opposite. Sinners were going there and Jesus identified with sinners at the Jordan. I think that is very significant because Jesus is the bridge, isn’t He? He is the bridge to cross that Jordan for us. He is the bridge for all of us into the Promised Land. It was not by chance that He was baptized in the Jordan and was taking on sin. He became sin so that He, identifying with us, could set us free.

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is very much “mission.” His public ministry was definitely beginning. There He was – the Lamb of God! “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn1:29). Now we, in this baptism are also baptized into His life, His death, His resurrection. We now must identify with Him as the Lamb. We identify also with His mission. This becomes our identity as well – who we are and what we do. This is what intercession is all about – helping the Church today cross over the Jordan, into the Promised Land, into the Kingdom. This is what it is all about. This is why we are here.

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of Life-Giving Water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev 7:17)