“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17
Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) wrote The Archimedes Principle which states that your body displaces water when submerged and the weight of the displaced water brings you back to the surface. The buoyancy explains the loss of actual body weight in the water. This explains why when I was a child I could easily lift my friends in the swimming pool but as soon as we were poolside, they were too heavy.
Water has such significance in our lives today, as it did in the Bible. Rain water nourishes the earth. Bottled and tap water hydrates our bodies. River, lake and ocean water are homes to sustenance. They also provide entertainment for warm, sunny days. Water cleanses our bodies, food, homes, vehicles, etc. We cannot survive without it. It sustains life.
Flood waters, however are devastating to anyone and anything in it’s path. The force of the water can displace homes, cars, boats and buildings. It lifts them up off of their stationary position and thrusts them forward. Sand bags and dunes are constructed to break the force and hopefully stop the water. It may break the force or redirect the flood but it cannot be stopped until the water source recedes.
Knowing the importance and functions of water, how fitting of God to use it as a representation of the cleansing of our souls. Our passage shows that Jesus himself was baptized. He is our example in every way. There wasn’t anything special about the river he was immersed in. Our verse said that God was well pleased by this. If this was necessary for Jesus, how much more so is it for us?
Receiving Christ as your personal Lord and Savior is the single most greatest decision you will ever make. Hands down. If you haven’t done that yet or aren’t sure I would love to talk to you about it. You can hit my email button or one of the social media outlets for a direct message. Baptism follows a profession of faith. Baptism in the Greek means to immerse. Immerse means to dip or submerge. Jesus was submerged by John in the river.
Baptismal waters represent you going under as heavy with sin and by the blood of Jesus you are raised to a new life. Weightless, washed clean and free from the bondage of sin. The Holy Spirit enters your life upon salvation like a mighty flood. He has an eternal source so it is a constant filling. He never recedes. He rushes in taking out all that is ungodly and makes room for a life in Christ. Just like the flood with Noah, the waters destroyed all life. The Holy Spirit destroys your old life. Thank you Jesus!
No matter what choices you make after salvation, you cannot be snatched from the Father’s hand. Hopefully upon heeding the voice of the Holy Spirit and seeing the fruit of that in our lives, we will obey again and again. He will give you peace like a river. I can imagine the sun coming up over the horizon and a low fog hovering over the surface. Looking out across it appears like glass. There are no boats or sounds of humans. Complete peace and tranquility. This is the abundant life that Christ offers to you. That no matter what you face, you can be sitting on the bank soaking in the splendor of His creation. Unmoved by your circumstances.
If you have never been baptized, I hope that you will consider talking to your pastor, Sunday School teacher or trusted friend in Christ. As we saw in the thief on the cross, baptism isn’t necessary to enter Heaven but it is an act of obedience. I have learned that blessing always follows obedience. I pray that you will experience the fullness of His presence this week and always!