May 15, 2021
“The human mind explaining baptism is like a harmonica interpreting Beethoven: the music is too majestic for the instrument. No scholar or saint can fully appreciate what this moment means in heaven.” –Max Lucado
Three reasons we should take baptism seriously:
1) Jesus got baptized.
Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So, John agreed to baptize him. After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 3:13-17)
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
2) Jesus calls us to get baptized.
Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” (Matthew 3:15 NLT)
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Change your hearts and lives and be baptized, each one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38 NCV)
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)
“Baptism is the initial step of a faithful heart.” –Max Lucado
“God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.” –James H. Aughey
3) Do we really need a 3rd reason?
Your flesh does not want to leave your comfort zone as much as your faith demands of you.
“Baptism is faith in action.”—Watchman Nee
“Baptism is the catalyst to spiritual maturity, not the sign of having attained it.”—J.D. Greer