Martin Luther said that baptism, the rite of entrance into the Christian faith, is a ceremony that takes only a few moments to do but your whole life to finish. In fact, Luther said that whereas St. Paul says that in baptism the old Adam is drowned so that the new Adam might be born, “The old Adam is a mighty good swimmer. Therefore, every morning I must wake up and receive afresh the grace of God that I began to receive in my baptism. Every morning I must wake up and say to God, ‘Continue putting the old me to death so that the new one might arise.”
In other words, our baptism, signifying our relationship to God in Christ, Is not a possession. It is always a gift.
See Matthew 21:33-46 for further reflection.
Prayers: Thanks be to God for the gift of baptism. For the environment and our care for creation.
The theology of baptism was captured well by the late John Ylvisaker in the song “Borning Cry.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJI3NFT5T_c
Let us continue to grow in our baptismal covenant this evening at “The Well.” The Zoom will run live from 6pm-7pm. If you are not on the invitation list for “The Well” let Vikki Luce email@example.com know.
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen