February 16, 2019

Baptized into Christ - John 1:31-33

The word baptism comes from the Greek word Baptizo, which means "to be placed into," and it actually comes from the garment dyeing industry of that day. And it was like taking a white shirt and pants and placing it into a vat of pink dye, and in the dye, it would actually take on the properties of the dye, and it would come out pink.

Family Discussions:

  1. Why would Jesus get baptized in the first place?
  2. How is baptism in water like being baptized into Christ?
  3. What properties or characteristics of Christ are we supposed to take on when we become believers?
  4. How can we help each other be more like Christ today?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Today we're going to be looking at the book of John 1 verses 31 through 33 in a great moment in history in the life of Christ, and it says this, "'I did not recognize him, but so that he might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.'" And of course this is John the Baptist speaking. "John testified saying, 'I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and he remained upon him. I did not recognize him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.''" You know John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus by proclaiming his imminent arrival and immersing sincere believers in the water of the Jordan River. What a sight that must have been. And, you know, Jesus himself was baptized in water as a sinless man to set a pattern for all believers to follow.

01:16 And so asking Christ into your life and sincerely committing your life to follow him, baptized as a believer in the Holy Spirit. Big word, but you know what? As you look at the word's original meaning in the Greek, in which it was written in that day, it explains this word with just wonderful, simple clarity. You see the word baptism comes from the Greek word Baptizo, which means "to be placed into," and it actually comes from the garment dyeing industry of that day. And it was like taking a white shirt and pants and placing it into a vat of pink dye, and in the dye, it would actually take on the properties of the dye, and it would come out pink. So to be baptized into Christ means you go into Christ looking a lot like you, but you come out of Christ looking and acting a lot like him.

02:14 So as believers, we get baptized in water as a very important symbol of what happens in our hearts when we become a Christian. Isn't that great? So here's some questions today. Why would Jesus get baptized in the first place? And then the second question is just the whole symbolism of baptism into water. How is baptism in water like being baptized into Christ? And the third question is this, what properties or characteristics of Christ are we supposed to take on when we become believers? And here's a good lifeline for the day to think about: how can we help each other be more like Christ today?

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