The Messenger: Pastor Davis | Text: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
In the text, Jesus marked the beginning of his ministry, his divine assignment, with his baptism by John the Baptist. He wanted to be a savior to the Jews who were marginalized, oppressed, and pushed aside and asking how long they would have to wait for a savior. After Jesus was baptized by John and while he was praying, the Holy Spirit descended and a voice from heaven claimed Jesus as the Beloved Son.
Thousands of years later, God raised up another prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to help change the behavior of an oppressive government with a Divine Mission of peace. Dr. King was committed to his vision and his dream to “Lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. . .and make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” He believed that no matter how hard things seem to be (i.e., bombs, threats), we must always remember that God is in charge and that He believes in you and knows all that you are going through.
Pastor Davis believes that this is also Ezion-Mount Carmel’s charge as we move forward to be spiritually committed to our church and being servants of the Lord. As Dr. King said, “God did not bring us together to leave us alone.” He has work for us to do in our church and in our community. Our charge is to stand in memory of a prophet that God sent to us. We must love each other, forgive our enemies, love them anyhow, and love each other. According to Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“Been working for Jesus a long time, and I’m not tired yet”