Here is how to join us in reflection of the spirit of this upcoming holiday season.
WOW! What an amazing passage and it’s one that I’ve heard preached on a few times. I’ll share my “learning” and opinions on this passage. First, Jesus didn’t NEED to be baptized and we, as followers, don’t NEED to be baptized. It is an act of obedience to God’s command and is done as a response to salvation, not a pre-requisite. Re-read that line- it causes many people to stumble. Baptism is NOT a requirement for salvation, but it is an outward testament of the believer of their internal salvation.
From that logic follows the premise that being baptized is conscious act of obedience by a believer, not something that is thrust upon newborns. I was baptized as a baby and really struggled with being baptized again. However, once I studied the issue. I read about how people in the Bible were baptized, how Jesus was baptized as an adult, the purpose and reasoning behind baptism today.
I realize this is a controversial topic and it took me many months to come to terms with it and let go of my past. If anybody is struggling with it, I encourage you to study what the Bible says about baptism and look to our perfect example Jesus as a model for how God desires his children to live.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Winter has finally arrived!