Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
I love the rite of baptism. Whether it’s the sprinkling of water on the head of a bonnie wee baby in my arms or the sacred pouring of water on an adult’s head, I get totally encapsulated by the moment and inwardly rejoice in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
It’s a time of joy and sometimes my heart is fit to burst during the sacred ceremony. On each occasion, the Holy Spirit mysteriously moves within the baptismal candidate and universally declares that he or she is a child of God. We only see the pouring of water and hear the speaking of the traditional Trinitarian formula – I baptize you in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Heaven, however, sees and experiences the whole picture where the baptized person is divinely ‘tagged’ as a servant in Christ’s Kingdom and an heir of God’s blessings.
Perhaps today can become a special occasion when we rejoice in our baptism, whether we received it as a helpless babe or an older person. Or maybe it will be a time when we look forward to baptism, either of ourselves or someone we know. Whatever the case, let’s give thanks to God for allowing us this special process in which we are spiritually bonded to Christ forever, and seek to show the world the joy of being baptized.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You were once baptized in the river Jordan and received the special blessing of God’s pleasure through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for allowing us the sacred opportunity of receiving the same blessing through our own baptism. Remind us each day of that special moment of joy and help us to go forth into the world as bearers of this blessing. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message or share a baptismal story, he would be delighted to receive your email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s image is an original illustration called “Spirit Spectrum” by John Stuart. Signed, numbered, and matted limited print editions can be purchased from his art site at http://stushie.etsy.com