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How Baptism Illustrates the Resurrection                May 25, 2020

When Jesus was teaching the Gospel, He often illustrated a truth with a word picture.  Let’s take a peek in the Bible at a well-known parable--a parable is a short story to create an image of compassion as a neighbor.

A Jewish scholar confronted Jesus, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25-37).  Jesus asked him, “What is written in the Law (Bible)?” He gave the correct answer. The Bible’s greatest commandment is: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus, knowing the scholar’s soft spot, replied, “Do this and you will live.”  He responded trying to justify himself, “Who is my neighbor?”  Jesus illustrated with the parable of the good Samaritan. A Jewish man was ambushed by thieves on the dirt road from Jerusalem to Jericho. They beat him terribly, stole his robe, and deserted the man half dead. Two Jewish travelers, a priest and a temple worker, glanced at the victim and hurried away.  But a certain Samaritan came upon the scene. He had compassion for a Jew regardless of race.  He bandaged wounds, took him to a motel, and paid the bill.  Jesus asked the scholar which one of the three was a neighbor.  Answer—"He who showed mercy.”  God the picture?

Now, let’s search “How Baptism Illustrates the Resurrection.” Open your Bible to Romans 6.  The Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to “paint pictures” about divine truths. Truth #1 – Verse 3 declares “as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death.”  What does this mean? Does it sound like someone was “immersed in his work”?  To be spiritually “immersed” is to be deep into the death of Jesus on the cross by faith.  How so?  Paul explained this further: “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (10:9).

Next, verse 4 says with an image of burial of His body “we are buried with Him through baptism into death....”  After a confession of faith in Jesus Christ, a believer is spiritually “immersed” through baptism.  Paul painted the same word-picture in Colossians 2:12; again “buried with Him in baptism.”  Immersion is a scene of burial in a “watery death. These word-picture truths were sent to churches in Rome and Colosse.            

Truth #2 - verse 4 continues, “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  Paul painted the action after immersing as raising from the watery grave.  Jesus was resurrected by the power of God.  The new Christian is to be buried (immersed) in the waters of a river or baptistry and immediately is to be raised up from the waters.             

A baptismal ceremony: “Upon your testimony of receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior by faith alone, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and Holy Spirit.”  {minister lowers the candidate into the water} “Buried in the likeness of His death; {minister raises the candidate} Raised in likeness of His resurrection of Christ.”   [see Romans 6:3-5]

Baptism illustrates a spiritual death to sin and the glorious raising of his resurrection up out of the watery grave to live a new life in Christ Jesus our Savior.  What a word-picture!  What a figurative scene of so great a salvation!

Romans 6:8 – “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”

Pastor Ed Anderson

 

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