MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
“That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus.”
Romans 6:3-4 (MSG)
BAPTISM SAYS “I KNOW JESUS DIED FOR ME”
In the spring of 1882 was the famous Pullman Strike. It took place in Pullman, Illinois. That was the home of the Pullman Palace Car Company, which built cars for the railroad, including luxury sleeping cars and dining cars. Some 3,000 workers went on strike because of reduced wages. It was a very violent strike in which several workers were killed by federal troops sent there by President Grover Cleveland. Labor Day was first celebrated in Boston on September 5, 1882 as an effort encouraged by President Grover Cleveland to reconcile with the labor movement and prevent further violence. It wasn’t until 1894 that it became a federal holiday.
So today, we celebrate Labor Day, which began as an effort of reconciliation. And we learned yesterday that baptism is a picture of Jesus dying for our sins so we could be reconciled to God. The basic meanings of the word reconcile are ‘to remove enmity between two enemy parties’ or ‘to change thoroughly.’ Reconciliation is more than having our sins forgiven and divine justice being satisfied. It refers to a changed relationship between God and the lost world.”
In 2 Corinthians 5:18 God used Jesus to bring us into a right relationship with Himself. And now, God wants to use us to help bring others to Jesus so they can find that same right relationship with God. Baptism is a picture of that new life.
If you haven’t been baptized and want to be let us know at https://northstarchurch.org/event/baptism
Thank Jesus for dying for your sins so you could be right with God. Thank God for the person who helped you understand how to be right with God.