by Pastor Mark Jordan
Yesterday was Baptism of the Lord Sunday in the life of the Church. This is when we recall Jesus’ baptism, and reflect upon what it means for us today. This week, I want to use this Daily Water space to guide us through the meaning of baptism, and why it is important still to this day.
The first reason baptism is important, is because it was important for Jesus. We read in Jesus’ words as recorded in Matthew 3:15, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness” (NIV). As Jesus came to John the Baptist for baptism, John initially recoiled. John felt that Jesus should have baptized him. Perhaps that is true, but pay attention once again to Jesus’ response, this time in a different translation: “But Jesus insisted. ‘Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.’ So John did it” (MSG).
God is still in the business of putting things right, now millennia since Jesus’ earthly ministry. Just as there was an intersection of history when Jesus received baptism, the same is true for you and me. We use baptism in the church to symbolize our commitment to participate in God’s work to put the world right, and it begins with the inner work of your heart, mind, and soul.
Get right with God. Let Baptism be the sign and symbol for the outer of what God is doing for your inner world. Jesus did it, so should you. If you would like to know more about baptism, please feel free to contact me at any time; my email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for insisting on baptism as something that is necessary for us to do to get right with you. I acknowledge that it isn’t about the water on the outside of my body, but the washing of sin on the inside. I thank you and worship you in Jesus’ name. Amen.