Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. -Hebrews 10:22
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. -Matthew 3:6
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:3-5
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.- Matthew 3:11
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1 Corinthians 1:17
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19
Yesterday was such a powerful day. My husband got baptized.
If you've followed my blog for anytime at all, you'd know that we are believers. And I am not ashamed to say my husband is the spiritual head of our household, just as the Lord commanded in the Old Testament. Jon is a true man of faith and trust, I couldn't have asked for anything more in a husband and role model in Christ. Jon and I were both baptized as children and I was baptized about 6 years ago at our church. Being baptized as an adult is incredibly different than as a 6 month old baby. You make that decision on your own.
Baptism is an outward expression of an invisible faith...a proclamation that you follow Jesus Christ...proudly. The thing I found most powerful about being baptized as an adult was submersion. So moving to be dipped into the water and come out alive and forgiven in Christ. And to have made that decision in my heart, on my own.
Our church has baptism Sunday a few times a year and I remember a few weeks ago hearing it was coming up. I remember nudging Jon and saying, "you should get baptized!". Baptism doesn't always mean you are a new Christian because in Jon's case, he was just praying for the right time. Saturday night we had a bad storm and I ended up being awake for a lot of the night. Jon has been having some back pain too. So I woke up on Saturday and found Jon in the living room and asked if he wanted to just live stream church at home. His response was, "no, I am going to get baptized today". I had totally forgotten that Sunday was baptism day. Jon had been up for 2 hours praying about it and he felt like he could have easily blamed back pain and skipped. Or said yes to me and watched church from the couch. But the Lord tugged at his heart.
As we prayed with someone before Jon was baptized, tears streamed down my face as I squeezed my husbands hand. What an incredible thing for a wife to experience. Her husband professing his love and following for God in public. People cheered as he stepped down into the pool...hooting and hollering for him (and his Baylor shirt). He was all smiles. What a celebration!!!!
Thank you for all your encouraging words and prayers.