Today’s Word: ‘BAPTISM’’ as in… baptism reminds us that God is faithful, and we stand confidently in the promises of God.
For centuries the Christian church has framed baptism in a couple of distinct and deeply meaningful ways. Whole books have been written on this, but let me give it the “Today’sWord-350-word-limit” try:
Baptism is God’s action. Baptism is the means by which God sets people free from the power of sin and death, grafting us into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our ancient Hebrew brothers and sisters were held captive, in bondage to oppression in Egypt. They were rescued, saved, delivered, set free as they passed through the waters of the Red Sea. They went from a life of bondage and oppression to live freely and wholly in a new land by passing through the waters of new life.
That’s a powerful story. Our story is remarkably similar.
Baptism is also our action. Baptism is our call to embrace new life each day; to be born again, again and again, constantly being grafted into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We’ve all got our own “Egypt,” we’re all on that journey from bondage and oppression into a new land flowing with life and more life. Baptism is the reminder that rescue and freedom have already been accomplished; renewal is already at work within us. We commit each day to walk with God, following the rabbi Jesus, animated by the Spirit as we live in a new land.
The details vary: dipping, sprinkling, immersing, large crowds in big churches, small gatherings in homes, lakes, oceans, hospital rooms, bathtubs, water from the Jordan, the faucet, a lake in the Boundary Waters, the Salish Sea. Yet, one thing is constant: God’s promise to be with us and for us, to never ever let us go, to be alive in us. That promise is constant, unwavering, enduring.
So no matter what our circumstances may be, in times of joy or sorrow, crisis or calm, baptism reminds us that God is faithful. We stand confidently in the promises of God.