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Remember Your Baptism

I received a letter from someone that was a member here at Redeemer beginning in the 1940’s until her family left the area many years later.  In her letter, she was interested in finding out her baptismal date.  It turns out that she was baptized on March 29, 1942.  Amazingly, this was the same date on which I was baptized just a few years later in 1981. 

Baptism is a gift — an eternal endowment given by God and initiated by the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that opened the heavens and descended onto Jesus to proclaim the reign of God is near.  In the gospels, the accounts of Luke and Mark record the voice as addressing Jesus by saying “You are beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23).   In the Gospel of Matthew, the divine voice addresses all those who were gathered on the banks of the River Jordan, saying “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13–17).  Consequently, who knows if this voice was only heard by Jesus, or if all the onlookers heard God’s declaration?  Either way, I believe that the same Spirit descended upon us in each of our own baptisms.  The same hallowed voice proclaimed to you and me, “This is my child, in whom I am well pleased.”  And this, sisters and brothers, is something to celebrate!  This is the gift we should recognize and rejoice in every year when our baptism anniversaries come around. 

So, when were you baptized?

God’s Peace,
Pastor Austin