April 24th 2010


“…baptising them…”
Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

What is baptism all about? 

After his resurrection and before his ascension Jesus told his disciples to baptise those who would become disciples. Why? Christian writer Tom Wright noted that the way believers can renounce the world and its influences is by drawing on “the strength of God’s Spirit, on the basis of sharing Jesus’ death and resurrection in baptism” (Page 190 of Simply Christian, published in 2006 by SPCK, UK). “…don’t you know,” said Paul, “that all of us who were baptised into Christ were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:3-4). 

Thus baptism is an act of faith. It is saying that spiritually we died with him on the cross and that we rose with him. It is a testimony to his saving act. It is a witness to ourselves and to our community that we have accepted God’s grace through him. It is proclaiming to our family, relatives, workmates, acquaintances, friends and enemies that we rejoice in sharing in the life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

The message is clear. If you believe, attest to that faith through baptism. If you have already been baptised, live out that faith to which you committed yourself through baptism. 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations”, said the risen Christ, “baptising in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”  (Matthew 20:19). 

Help me, Father, to witness to the act of baptism in my life, to let my past be crucified with Christ and to live the resurrected life both now and in the future. In Jesus’ name.


Study by James Henderson

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