After witnessing the baptisms of 6 young adults, David asked the question – Why?
His simple and yet sufficient answer was: JESUS!
It’s not about those who were baptised. The focus was not and should not be on them. Their baptism did not make them Christians. Their faith in Jesus did that and their baptism is a public expression of that faith. At the heart of baptism will always be Jesus.
In Scripture we can see that Jesus commanded baptism; he modelled it; it identifies with Jesus’ mission and it is a witness to Jesus.
- Jesus commanded baptism
In the Great Commission in Matthew 28 we are commanded to go and make disciples, baptise them and teach them. It is clear that people would have personal faith and then go through a public baptism. As a church we would then continue to teach these disciples.
In Acts 2 Peter preaches Jesus to the crowds gathered in Jerusalem and their hearts are pierced. They ask what they should do in response. Peter’s instructions are to repent and be baptised. Right throughout the New Testament we see the early church practise this and as a church now in 2024 we are still baptising those who profess faith in Jesus.
Jesus commanded that the church baptise believers.
- Jesus modelled it
Three years before Jesus gave the Great Commission, he himself was baptised. His cousin John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan. Jesus clearly modelled baptism to us.
- It identifies with Jesus
As we watch those being baptised go down under the water and rise up out of the water again it identifies with Jesus’ death and resurrection. The immersion under the water and raising up again in baptism are a picture of the person dying to their sin and self and being raised to new life in Christ.
- It witnesses to Jesus
Baptism is always public. Those being baptised testify to their faith before the congregation and then are soaked in water before the congregation. They are willing and unashamed to declare that they belong to Jesus. It takes courage and humility to be baptised and they choose this way because they want to witness to their Lord and Saviour. Baptism is all because of Jesus!
David finished by reading through the Great Commission:
As those being baptised have followed Jesus’ command and model, as they have identified with his death and resurrection and testified to Jesus, they can be assured of his presence to the ‘very end of the age’.
How can we respond?
- Spend some time this week praying for the young adults who were baptised on Sunday. Pray that they will be encouraged by going public with their faith. Pray that this will be a great opportunity to witness to friends and family who gathered to watch their baptism. Pray that we as a church will continue to disciple these believers.
- If you have been baptised, then think back to that event. Be encouraged as you remember. Remind yourself that it was all about Jesus and also of his promise to be with you to the very end of the age.
- If you are a believer and have never chosen to be baptised, take this opportunity to think and pray about going public.