The Power Of Baptism

Robert Strand

William Willimon in his book, "Remember Who You Are" writes this: "Through baptism, a Christian first and finally learns who he or she is. It is the rite of identity. Baptism asserts rather than argues, it proclaims rather than explains, it commands rather than describes. When you ask in desperation, 'Who in God's name, am I?' baptism will have you feel the water dripping from your head...and say, 'You are, in God's name, ROYALTY, God's own, claimed and ordained for serious and joyful business!"

childinhatYES! Just like Jesus identified with us when He was baptized, when we are baptized, we identify ourselves with Jesus! We then and now publicly declare our intention to become like Jesus and follow God's Word and will for our living.

Baptism is a very serious public announcement for all the world to hear and see. It's filled with joy, happiness and celebration! It's a new beginning! From that point onward we see things differently than before. We see other people differently than before. We look through eyes of faith and the eyes of Jesus. Our baptism enables us and empowers us to do the things Jesus wants us to do!

Martin Luther said, "When I preach and teach, I adapt myself to the circumstances of the common people. I don't look at the doctors and masters...but at the YOUNG people and children. It is to them I devote myself."

Just as Luther...so Jesus devoted Himself to the young! So, you in your baptism are important to Christ and Christianity! IF you have not experienced a baptism...go to a church that will help you, seek out a pastor that can explain it to you. And do it!

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16).