“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare.” – Isaiah 42:6, 9
“At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River and wanted John to baptize him. 14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “Why do you come to me to be baptized? I need to be baptized by you!” Jesus answered, “Let it be this way for now. We should do all things that are God’s will.” So John agreed to baptize Jesus. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him.” – Matthew 3:13-17
This past Sunday, my pastor read two stories in Isaiah and Matthew and discussed the sacrament of baptism. In Isaiah, God tells us that through Him we are made righteous, we are made new. In Matthew, John baptizes Jesus and the heavens declare His holiness.
What is baptism? Baptism is… renewal, commitment, cleansing, and righteousness with God. Through baptism, we are called to follow God in righteousness, and we are to be fully committed. Baptism means nothing without commitment and love for God.
When Jesus was baptized, we see the trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the absolute God. God blesses us at baptism with his complete love and grace, renewing our minds and hearts to follow Him and spread His love to the world.