In the beginning of all things, we see God’s spirit hovering over the water. Genesis 1:2
The Hebrew word for spirit is ‘ruach’, which can also be translated as breath and wind.
- It is through “ruach” that God brings creation into existence and breathes life into all living things.
· The “ruach” of God is tied to the word of God.
It was the word of God that was made flesh to be fully God and fully human in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew is not the first time we have seen a dove enjoined with the announcement of peace and
reconciliation in the Bible.
Genesis 8:11, Exodus 14, Joshua 3-5
Jesus however commands to “let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt 3:15).
- Jesus, the Word of God filled with the Spirit of God, bringing order to chaos, remission of sins, and establishing righteousness in order to reconcile all the world to God.
What does it mean to proclaim Jesus as Lord?
- Jesus is first.
- Making Jesus Lord in our relationships.
Through the Holy Spirit, we as the church can:
proclaim the Word of God
and participate in bringing peace, reconciliation, and righteousness
into the chaotic and formless parts of our world.