When I think about baptism, I think about being in love. That feeling of being so in love that there is absolutely no hiding it, you’re glowing, its all you want to talk about, and it’s so obvious to anyone who is remotely close to you. Love is worthy of being shouted from the rooftops, isn’t it? And that is exactly what baptism is. Its symbolically shouting from the rooftops- “Love has found me, the past is over and gone, I’m a new person now, and Jesus means everything!”
We are baptized because Jesus was baptized – and He calls us to be baptized, too. Check out what these verses have to say about it:
“Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” Luke 3:21-22 MSG.
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 MSG.
“That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus: when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.” Romans 6:3-5 MSG.
On December 11th, we will have the privilege of baptizing many new believers into our church family at Redwood and we are so excited to cheer them on! If you are ready or interested in taking this step in your journey, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Christy Enyart