DRAW ME A PICTURE OF NEW LIFE
MATTHEW 3: 13 - 17
Jesus Christ walked about 40 miles to be baptized by John
the Baptist in the River Jordan. Does that give any idea of how
important He considers baptism to be?
As the resurrected Christ He commissioned His church with
these words: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).
There are the two reasons every Christian should be
baptized. First, Jesus did it at great effort. Second, He commanded
all who profess to follow Him to do so.
If you profess to be a believer don't put it off.
As a child I was afraid of water and reluctant to be baptized.
Perhaps you can relate to this because you might have been
reluctant to be baptized for some other reason. Then one day in my
childish way of reasoning I concluded that if I were dependent upon
Him to take care of me and carry me to heaven He could take care
of me for two seconds under water. I put aside my reluctance and
enjoyed obeying Him. May I encourage you to put aside any
reluctance you might have and enjoy bearing witness of your faith
by obeying Him in baptism. There's joy in obedience.
We are blessed to have persons at all stages of life's
pilgrimage worship with us. There are on occasion persons who
have never been in a worship service. Therefore, it is reasonable to
assume some may be wondering what is baptism?
I. THE PROCEDURE
It is amazing what some persons think is involved in
baptism. In the fifth century when Patrick, now known as Saint
Patrick, was about to baptize King Aengus he was supporting
himself with a sharp pointed-staff. At a point prior to the baptism
Patrick accidentally stabbed King Aengus in the foot rather
severely. After the baptism seeing the great loss of blood Patrick
apologized and asked King Aengus why he had suffered in silence.
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