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 alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:14-17
On Saturday, July 20th our family was baptized.
Our children had been asking about getting baptized for some time, but we were not in a hurry because we wanted to be sure they had a clear understanding of what it meant. They had each asked Jesus into their heart and acknowledged and believe He is the Son God, came, died for our sins and rose again three days later. We didn’t want them to think baptism was required to seal the deal. So we explained it this way: When it’s your birthday – whether you have a big party or not ~ it’s still your birthday. The party is just extra, a celebration of your birthday. That is just like baptism. When you ask Jesus into your heart and believe in Him, it doesn’t take baptism to make it real – it’s just a celebration of your decision to follow Christ.
Myth – Man says – you have to be baptized to go to heaven
Fact – Scriptures says – you only have to believe in Jesus the Son of God and what He came and did for all of us, Jesus was baptized before He began His ministry as an outward way to show His adoration for the Father.
Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:24-26
Matt and I decided that since we both had grown up in the Methodist church and had only been “sprinkled” we would be baptized (by submersion just as Jesus was) along with our children. Once baptized, we had the distinct honor and privilege of baptizing our own children. It was an incredibly special day. Filled with family, friends and loved ones cheering us all on.
Myth – Man says only a priest can baptize another person
Fact – Scripture shows us that anyone can baptize another who is choosing to celebrate the decision to follow Christ
Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. John 12:44