…Jesus himself was baptized.
As he was praying, the heavens opened,
and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form,
descended on him like a dove.
and a voice from heaven said,
“You are my dearly loved Son,
and you bring me great joy.”
I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
…the angel was joined by a vast host of others—
the armies of heaven—
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace.”
…”Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
…nothing is impossible with God.”
(Photo: Judy Sweat)
You are blessed because you believed
that the Lord would do what he said.”
After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning,
the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene,
the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.
…the angel said,
“Don’t be alarmed.
You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,
who was crucified.
He isn’t here!
He is risen from the dead!…
(photo: Joshua Rhodes)
Then Jesus uttered another loud cry
and breathed his last.
And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple
was torn in two, from top to bottom.
When the Roman officer who stood facing him
saw how he had died, he exclaimed,
“This man truly was the Son of God!”