Baptism Devotional

Posted by Craig Borlase on 17 June 2018

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Baptism isn’t just a powerful symbolic act that marks one of life’s milestones. It’s a powerful symbolic act that reminds us of the complete transformation available for every single one of us.

'Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?'

[Matthew 3:13-14]

Thought2 Thought:

Remember when Alison Krauss sang about how she ‘went down to the river to pray…’? That word down is no accident: it’s a signpost to what is perhaps the most significant aspect of the most celebrated baptism of all – Jesus’s.

The Jordan flows into the Dead Sea – at more than 1300 feet below sea level officially the lowest point on earth. And the point at which Jesus was submerged beneath the surface he was below the low, assuming a position lower than pretty much anyone else on the planet.

Jesus had no need of baptism. He had no sins to wash away. There was no question of his guilt and no need to pledge allegiance to God. And yet… he did it anyway. He chose to put himself in a place he had no need to be in, so that we might be saved.

Invitation Invitation:

Baptism will have different meanings across churches, but at its core is this one simple, central truth: that we get to belong because Jesus made it possible. We are invited because he made it so. We get to live free because of him.

When you’re leading at a baptism, lead from this place – a place of freedom, of welcome, of warmth and open invitation.  

Praying Prayer:

Father God, thank you that baptism isn’t about entering into a cosy club: it’s a reminder of the radical, outrageous steps you took to reveal your love to all of us.

Amen

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