19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
I love how we do baptisms at Midway. The stories of people coming to Christ are moving and inspirational. I’m blown away by the way God moves in lives and brings people to a place of understanding and humility. A place where they realize their need for forgiveness that is only offered through Jesus. Then, when they make that decision public in baptism, they tell their story. It is a very moving time in our church family.
It’s a reminder, though. A reminder that Jesus, unlike Mohammad, Buddha, or any other religious teacher, came back from the dead. He arose and it gave him the right to assume the place of authority and power he now holds. He sits at God’s right hand with all things in creation subject to his authority.
That’s who we serve. That’s our King. That’s the power of salvation. We have that hope. We see it pictured in Baptism.
Have a great day Midway!