Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14)
On the second day of VBS we learned about baptism and obedience, with Jesus as our example.
In order to be baptized, Jesus walked 60 miles (several days) from Galilee to meet John the Baptist who was baptizing believers in the Jordan River. If it was important enough then that Jesus walked so far in the blazing sun of Judea — land of the Jews — then it’s an important lesson for us to learn today.
What is Baptism?
The word baptism comes from the Greek meaning to plunge under or be immersed in water. Baptism is an act of obedience.
The Bible teaches that, Jesus was clear about the role of baptism in the lives of those who accepted him: He “commanded” the disciples…
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).
Anyone in the early church, who came to Christ, was baptized. All the apostles preached it, and new believers obeyed the command. But what’s most important about baptism is the fact that Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
“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 lighting on him” (Matthew 3:13-16).
God showed his approval of Jesus and the act of baptism when the Holy Spirit appeard in the form of a dove and a voice from heaven said,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Tonight we learned the meaning of baptism.
Standing in the water before being baptized represents a life before trusting Jesus. We were alive to sin, following and obeying it as our master.
By being place completely underneath the water, we become dead to sin. We become a believer, turning away from sin to follow Jesus.
Finally, by rising up out of the water we start a new life. Because of Jesus we are washed clean from sin — not because our bodies are wet but because our sins are forgiven by God.
You can see the Drama below.
Join us tonight 6 to 8:30 pm at BCBC VBS 2015.
You can read about VBS Day 1 here.
You can read about VBS Day 3 here.
Thanks to Doug Van Wirt for the photos.