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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida, 32805-5591
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS
"Two Unique Symbols - Baptism And The Lord's Supper"
Print 294, CT 112151
Open your Bibles to the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 3, verse 13. There are two
unique symbols that Jesus commanded us to observe. This morning we want to look at
one of them and we'll pick up the other at another time. Let's set the stage for it by
reading in the Gospel- of Matthew,. chapter 3.
13. "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to
be baptized by John.
14. But John tried to deter Him, saying, 'I need to be
baptized by you, and do you come to me?'
15. Jesus replied, "Let it be so now: it is proper for us
to do this to fulfill all righteousness.' Then John
16. As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the
water. At that moment, heaven was opened, and He
saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and
lighting on Him.
17. And a voice from Heaven said, 'This is my Son,
whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."
When a couple comes to the marriage altar, usua-ly after the pastor pronounces
them husband and wife, they'll move over to the side and there is what's called the
Unity candle. Some of you had this in your wedding. You remember there are usually
three candles, two of them are burning brightly and the one in the middle is unlit.
Usually the couple will join their hands and they'll take the taper and light the middle
candle and then they'll snuff out the candles on either side, symbolizing a new home
being started. Sometimes, they'll leave all three candles lit, symbolizing the unity of
their families as tney/ve come together. Though trey sdart a new unit, thiey are still a
part of their families. It's a beautiful and significant symbol that takes place.
Some of you've watched on television as you've seen a mob of people come
down a street and coming to a flag that they percei ...
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