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Jesus -- the Guru #49

The Commitment of Baptism



Reread Matthew 28:16-20


16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”



 


In Mt. 28:19-20 – Note the two aspects of “making disciples:” baptizing and teaching. Usually, an adult is taught “to obey everything” first. They need to know the struggle and the call and the promise. When they accept it and are ready to take on the responsibility, they receive baptism.


Baptism is usually given by another disciple of Jesus. In the church, it is given by pastors and priests. Baptism is a simple rite of using water “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”


Because baptism brings Jesus’ promise to “be with you,” Christians typically give the rite to children also. The children are dedicated with joy by their parents to learn to obey, and to become future disciples.


Baptism typically is performed in public. It is a public commitment or dedication to the cause of Jesus. It is best done with other disciples and with family and friends celebrating this new commitment to God’s religion of love.


What do you think about baptism?


If you became a baptized disciple of Jesus, what difficulties might you face?


How might baptism help you in your discipleship?


Do you know someone who could baptize you?


Looking forward to your email today,


Yesudas


 


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