Today, in recalling the baptism of Jesus, we continue our celebration of his Epiphany. The word epiphany signifies the bringing into light some hidden greatness. Kings in the East often declared themselves to be gods appearing in human form, even referring to themselves as epiphanies. . But with Jesus, the Father spoke from above, declaring him to be the Son od God, the one and only Epiphany.
You might remember that after his baptism Jesus retired to the desert to be tempted. Paul wrote that the death by which Jesus saved us was not so much his physical death, but his “death to sin.”
At his baptism Jesus began the long death to sin by which he saves us.