“…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…”
-1 Peter 3:21
I believe Jesus’ whole life was flowing from his baptism. Of course, we believe in Christianity that Jesus never sinned; he never made a mistake. So, why was Jesus baptized? Was Jesus born again when he was baptized? Was he forgiven of his sins? Was he repenting of something?
No. He was being obedient to the Father as he was beginning his earthly ministry. And, just as that happened, the skies opened up and God said, “You are my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased. I take pleasure in you.”
We have to remember, friends, that this is the most important part of our baptism. For us as sinners, we’re forgiven of our sin. For us as those being dead in our sin, we’re being brought to life in his grace. But most importantly, you are God’s beloved child. And until we are at home in that place, we cannot go to the cross for others.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may I be obedient to your call upon my life. May I be so at home in that place and in your love that I may help others and love others as you have helped and loved me. Amen.
Reflection: How do you feel “at home” in God’s love?