This past Friday, January 6th, the Christian church celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord. Epiphany means “to reveal.” Over the course of the next several weeks, we are going to see how God reveals to us that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One. In fact, the titles “Christ” and “Messiah” both mean “The Anointed One,” and they describe how God prepared Jesus for his mission of saving all people from sin. Today, we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. At his baptism, God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power and declared this son of Mary to be the Son of God—the one anointed to be the Savior of mankind.