In many films, writers and directors often include ‘Easter eggs’—allusions to earlier films which help to shape the plot and give depth and interest to the film.
In a similar way, Matthew’s quite brief account of Jesus’ baptism by John (the gospel reading for Epiphany 1 in Year A) includes a large number of allusions to the earlier story of God and Israel in the Old Testament. How might we spot these? What difference does it make to our understanding of the narrative? And how might this shape our reading and our preaching?
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