by Pastor Mark Jordan
I hope this week’s baptism journey has been helpful for you. We remember that Jesus was baptized and wants us to be baptized, because it is symbolic of the forgiveness God longs to offer. When we confess our sin and profess our faith, heaven celebrates! The next, and last step I want to consider draws us back to the deep meaning of the baptismal sacrament.
I have mentioned several times this week that the baptismal water is the outward and physical sign of God’s miracle-working grace working inwardly and spiritually. That’s a lot of fancy words to essentially say that the water on the outside points to the washing on the inside. As we acknowledge that, though, there is something else taking place. When you go under the water — regardless if administered by sprinkling, pouring, or dunking — it signifies that you are willing to die to your old self, be buried with Christ, and resurrected by God’s power as you reemerge from the water. Pretty cool, huh? This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote, “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12, NLT)
Baptism is a way for you to physically participate in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Again, this is just something you do once, but you can remember and reaffirm your baptism commitment as many times as you need and/or want. When you do, you’re reminded to remember your baptism (your death to your old way of living and rebirth into God’s family) and to be thankful, participating in God’s offer of salvation. It’s really quite beautiful.
If you want to talk more about baptism, schedule a baptism, or reaffirm your baptismal commitment, let me know. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’d love to discuss this with you further.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of baptism where I can participate in your life, death, and resurrection. Help me to commit and recommit my life for you. I pray this in the living and loving name of Jesus. Amen.