At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending onhim like a dove. And a voice came from heave: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11 NIV.
Today I had the pleasure of attending First Baptist Church in San Francisco where I witnessed the baptism of someone I know. I was extremely touched by her testimony and the public pronouncement of her faith in Jesus Christ.
The baptisms were followed by an awesome sermon given by guest speaker, Bryant Wright. He talked very plainly and clearly about the purpose of baptism – it is obeying God’s commandment to all Christians who follow him. This simple statement has spoken to me immensely.
An equally as powerful teaching is that Jesus was baptized to give us, his fellowers a prophetic picture, of his life to come. His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Thus, baptism is a symbolic drama of what would happen to Jesus Christ. Jesus, who had no sin, identified with us as sinners, to show us the way.
Although I am only relaying a small part of his sermon, Pastor Wright preached a lot more on the value of baptism – many lessons I am still absorbing. This Sunday was a reminder of the beauty of Jesus and how He always, even in baptism, strived to identify with us to save us. He loves us that much.
Wishing you a Sunday evening full of peace, joy and restoration,
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