THURSDAY, AUGUST 19
…be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins.
Acts 2:38 (NLT2)
The story is told about the baptism of King Aengus by St. Patrick in the middle of the fifth century. Sometime during the rite, St. Patrick leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and inadvertently stabbed the king’s foot. After the baptism was over, St. Patrick looked down at all the blood, realized what he had done, and begged the king’s forgiveness. Why did you suffer this pain in silence, the Saint wanted to know. The king replied, “I thought it was part of the ritual.”
There can be a lot of confusion about baptism. Biblically baptism was an event that took place after someone placed their faith in Jesus. It was an act that publicly demonstrated what had already happened in their heart. James Montgomery Boice helps understand the figurative meaning of baptizo writing that “The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be ‘dipped’ (bapto) into boiling water and then ‘baptised’ (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptizing the vegetable, produces a permanent change. When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to our union and identification with Christ than to our water baptism… mere intellectual assent is not enough. There must be a union with Him, a real change, like the vegetable to the pickle!”
Mike clearly taught that baptism is simply a way we say to God and to others that we are followers of Jesus. Have you been baptized since placing your faith in Christ? If not, contact us at Northstarchurch.org/next and sign up for our baptism at the lake.
Thank Jesus for publicly dying for your sins. Thank Him for the privilege to publicly glorify Him to others.