Have you ever wondered about the baptism of Jesus? --- "Then
Jesus arrived from
at the Jordan coming to John
(the Baptist) to be baptized by him"
Jesus was the sinless Son of God, sent to die for OUR sins. He "was
in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).
Why would HE who was without sin, have to be baptized?
The answer is found in His love. He completely
identified with those He came to die for. He became our
Representative, the only one who could die in our place. We fell
into sin, as a race of beings unable to save ourselves. None of us,
in thought or deed, can satisfy the holiness of God. Read any newspaper
and see that something is wrong with the human race. Honestly look
at yourself, your thoughts, and you will agree that something more than
personal “goodness” is needed to save you in the sight of a holy God.
Jesus was in all His ways without sin and He died in our
place. He is legitimately our Hero, the One who conquered sin by
taking it upon Himself. He died for us, and if we trust in Him, we
are set free from sin and death. Not only did Jesus Christ come to
us, but He reasonably expects that you and I will come to Him.
Trust in Him now, and tell the world of His love. We
can tell them in words, and we can also speak, as Jesus often did, in a
parable (a word picture). Baptism is the revealing, like a picture
sent from God, that we have received Jesus Christ, who died, rose again,
and saved us from our sins.
Here's a great Scripture that helps us understand what
Christ has done for us, and what baptism is all about:
"What shall we say then? Are we to
continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How
shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that
all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into
His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism
into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory
of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans
In baptism, I say that I have received Jesus Christ.
He died for me, and I have become part of His death. I am dead and
my sins are dead also. When I died with Him, my sins died with me
(with Him). The waters of baptism are a picture of death. I
cannot live under water; I cannot breathe in such a place, and by being
placed under the waters, I show the world that I am dead to sin.
But, that is not all. I am brought back from death. I am
lifted up, and just like baptism is a picture of death, it is also a
picture of life, for I show that I am raised to LIFE in Him. My old
life is gone and I have new life in Him.
It is preferred that you be immersed in water, but that is
not always possible. During the years that Eastern Europe was under
Communist domination, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was interned as a
“political prisoner.” A group of pastors, including Baptists,
Catholics and Pentecostals, were among those kept in a somewhat large
cell, full of those that had displeased the government. When someone
was led to Christ, the next step was baptism, but all they had was a cup
of water per man, each day. What would they do?
They did this - the pastor who would perform the baptism,
poured his own cup of water over the head of the one who was to be
baptized. Sometimes, the person in a wheelchair or other
circumstance, cannot be baptized in a "traditional" manner. When
that is the case, simply cover them to whatever extent is necessary to
protect them, and pour water over them. If immersion is possible,
then do it. The message is what is important - we are telling the
world of His love.
Jesus Christ died for your sins and you live a new life
because of Him. You are showing what He did for you, and that you
now live for Him.
If you accept
Jesus Christ, you will receive:
Spirit of God
receive Him, you're telling the world that we should receive Him, too.
Do you receive Him now? --- I do.
I baptize you in the
Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Friday Study Ministries
Ron Beckham, Pastor
PO Box 92131
Long Beach, CA
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