I Baptize You

It is a strange concept to those who are not Christians, and I would argue maybe even to those who are. So I get dipped in this water and somehow it makes me better than before I was dipped? Yes … and No. See, even Jesus was baptized by John and it says the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended and A voice spoke “You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased.” Pretty cool affirmation form the creator of the universe. As Christians we believe that Jesus death and resurrection were real events by the Son of God. And when we affirm our faith in that we are with Jesus in brotherhood, which is our death to our self, just like Jesus. Then our baptism is like his resurrection into a new creation from God. Paul says that we die to self like Christ died on the cross and then we are raised to life just as Jesus arose.
It’s amazing imagery to think that whatever I have done can be washed away like dirt down a drain, but then it is as if the dirt was never there in the first place. The Bible says Jesus sees us just as faultless just as he does Jesus. Pretty cool, when I dip you dip we dip … my oldest daughter was baptized and she said she was “fortunate to never know a time in her life without God” I certainly pray that remains true. I also hope she never knows a time without laughter. The Deacon prays for all of you that you go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and have life, love and laughter to the fullest. And don’t forget Iced Cold Beer.
The Deacon Speaks

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