Today we celebrate the baptism of Hossein, Michael and Hengemeh. Why be baptised? The obvious answer is we are following the example of Jesus and acting in obedience to his command at the end of Matthew’s gospel. This is reason enough if we are followers of Jesus Christ. However, the New Testament indicates that there is more to it than just being obedient.
- In baptism we are declaring our repentance from sin and our desire to lead a new life.
- It symbolises washing clean in order to begin that new life.
- It symbolises dying to what is past and rising to new life in Jesus Christ.
- It demonstrates our willingness to submit to the authority of Jesus in our lives.
- It connects us with Jesus and His worldwide body – the Church.
In Romans Paul says, ‘We were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.’ We have the promise that our faith in Jesus Christ will be the means by which we will be raised at the resurrection and share eternal life with Him. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ begins this week. Join with the church family and pray that this will be the experience of those we know and love.