by Pastor Mark Jordan
This week we are taking a systematic look at baptism. So far we looked at why Jesus was baptized, and how He told us to keep baptizing in the name of God. Today, I want us to look a little closer at what that means for you and me.
All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. The Bible tells us this. Scripture also tells us that if we pretend we don’t have sin in our lives, we’re lying to God and self. I think you know as well as I that sin is a problem; it separates us from God and mars our lives from their original intent. There is hope and help, though!
The Apostle Peter is recorded as saying in Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (NIV). Peter is a fine one to hear this message from, too. As one who denied Jesus, he felt the shame of his sin, yet also the glory of God’s merciful grace in forgiveness. This changed Peter’s life, and God in turn used Peter’s life to help change the world by putting him right with God, bringing him back into God’s family, and inspiring him to offer the same invitation to many.
In today’s verse, we see a rhythm that needs to play out in our Christian life. We must (A) confess that we are sinners in need of God’s forgiveness; (B) repent to turn away from an old dead-end approach to living; and (C) profess the life-changing power of God through Jesus Christ. This is what Jesus did for Peter, and what Peter did for others. We get to do this, too, in baptism, as we confess that we are in need of God’s forgiveness, and profess God’s life-giving grace.
If you would like to explore how you can, and need to, confess your sins, repent from an old dead-end way of living, and profess the goodness of God to those in your life, let me know. My email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’d love to chat with you more.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for forgiving me. I confess that I am a sinner, and profess your goodness to forgive and save me. Help me to share this good news with many. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name; amen.