Wednesday, February 29, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 60

Last night in our small group we were studying the story of Jesus' baptism. Our wonderful leader Yan began the group by asking us to recount our own baptism experience. I was surprised by how many people had to really pause and remember the circumstances surrounding their baptism. Their was some initial hesitation but once those stories started flowing they really gained momentum. It was amazing to hear about the different ways that people discovered Christ and solemnized their decision in the waters of baptism.

Someone asked, "why did Jesus get baptized?" It's a good question considering that he didn't need to repent of anything (John's baptism) or to accept Christ as his Savior (Christian baptism)!!! John the Baptist wondered the same thing and tried to get out of baptizing Jesus. But Christ's simple response was, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” And when he did we saw a beautiful and rare trinitarian moment; Jesus was in the water, the Holy Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove, and the Father's voice said, "this is my son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased." It is proper. It fulfills an aspect of God's righteous standards. It was first modeled for us by Jesus himself. And it's a spiritual moment; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are present. Do you remember your baptism? Have you gone under the water like Jesus? Feel free to post your baptism story below.

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