Thankful for my baptism
Pastor Mark Jeske
Some of you can remember your baptism as though it were yesterday because perhaps it was yesterday. For others it’s a faint memory of a long time ago, and for still others there’s no memory at all because it took place at a very young age. But whether your certainty of Baptism comes from personal memory or from a yellowing certificate, signed by people you dearly love, isn’t it a joy to reflect that it’s a done deal?
Somebody else was surely involved in helping you to that point. Some Christian friend or family member persuaded you to ask, just like the Ethiopian in his chariot asked the evangelist Philip. Or maybe your godmother held you in the family’s traditional long white christening gown. We can be thankful for these wonderful people who wanted to share their Savior with you.
Most of all we can be thankful for Christ’s priceless gift itself. “All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Baptism is pure grace. It is 100 percent God’s doing. It isn’t magic water, of course—the power source is God’s Word working through the water, and that Word has clothed you with Christ, i.e., the holiness of Christ. It marks the day in which you were officially adopted into God’s family. Cherish that day and its significance—there’s a lot of hope and comfort there to sustain you throughout your life.
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