I am baptized

I always enjoy teaching catechism. But there are some days, some moments when it really strikes me what a true privilege and honor it is to open up the Scriptures to these young people and allow them to see the beauty and the comfort that God gives to us in his Word.

We’re in the middle of the section on Baptism and today we talked about the power and blessings of baptism. We started out by talking about important days and why the day of our baptism was perhaps the most significant day in our lives. [The image to the right is one of the slides I use in another lesson on baptism. Oct. 22 is the date I was baptized.]

But there was one point during the class, and I can’t remember exactly when it was—perhaps it was while we discussed Titus 3 and how God pours his kindness and love into our hearts like a mighty flood, or perhaps when we talked about how in baptism we are connected to Jesus’ death and resurrection, and how baptism funnels everything Jesus won for the world on the cross to the one whose name is called at baptism "I baptize you", Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, but in baptism he shows that he did it all for me—at one point during the class today one of the students just says, "Wow. That’s cool."

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