The Eternal Gift Mark 1:4-11

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:11

 

Our world ultimately was transformed when Jesus was baptized.  Jesus’ baptism was just not about him just as our baptism is not just about us.  It is said that baptism is an “outward sign of an inward grace,” and that is true.  From the time of our conception God has been working in us and offering grace upon grace to give us a gift that can never be taken away.  Baptism represents a moment in time for us to understand that we have graciously been received into something far greater than we could ever imagine; the eternal gift of salvation.  Through the sacrament of baptism, we recognize that some of the things we do, say and think (sin) are actually keeping us away from living life in true God-given abundance and grace.  Baptism is a life-transforming act of God in you.  Just as the heavens opened at the time of Jesus’ baptism to hear God proclaim, you are my Son, “the Beloved,” at your baptism the heavens rejoiced as well. You are the beloved of God and God wants nothing short of offering you eternal life and believing that through Jesus the Christ your life can be profoundly transformed.  No matter the journey you are on, know that God, through our Risen Savior Jesus, is with you.  You are not alone.  Baptism is more than a chance to wear nice clothes and a ritual to perform, it is a gift with temporal and eternal implications.  Remember your baptism, celebrate your baptism because truly you are God’s beloved.  Thank you Jesus for your eternal gift.

Pastor Tom

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