Ain't No Grave
This is Us (the sermon series) has been fantastic! I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. These truths are so important for knowing who we are and what we believe. These truths inform our mission and should inform how we are to live out our lives.
This week we are going to hear from our pastor on "One Baptism". This means we get to do a song I've been wanting to do for a while now. "Ain't No Grave". Yes, I know…it is not proper English but man it sure is a cool song! And it relates to baptism in such an amazing way.
Now, baptism in and of itself is not salvific. Meaning it has no power to save you. We have several proofs of this in the Scripture. The first and most obvious would be the thief on the cross, who was told by Christ, that "today" he would be with Jesus in paradise. He didn't need to be baptized. I don't want to steal our pastor's thunder on Sunday, so I won't go into the nature and origin of baptism, but leave it at this. Jesus was baptized and therefore we should be also!
So, what is it? Well, again, I'm not into stealing thunder here, but it is a physical representation of what has happened to us spiritually. When we get baptized, we identify with Christ and demonstrate to the world around us that we are committed to Christ and His mission to save the world and live lives obedient to His Word. When we go under the water we are identifying with His death, and coming out of the water, symbolizing His resurrection. When I was a kid, my mom was the VBS director at our church. One particular year our pastor wanted to demonstrate to the kids what baptism looked like and guess who got to be the guinea pig? Yours truly! Only catch was the heater wasn't working and I didn't get to wear waders. So, I was dunked about twelve times in super cold water while a heap of kids paraded by my frozen carcass! It was crazy cold! And I heard those familiar words, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, buried in the likeness of His death, raised to walk in the newness of life." Rolls off the tongue so smooth!
This weekend, we get the privilege of baptizing six people in our services. It's gonna be awesome! When they come up out of the water, it's as if the grave couldn't hold them down. And guess what, if you are truly a follower of Christ, it can't! The song "Ain't No Grave" describes a day when the trumpet sounds that our resurrected bodies will bust out of that grave and reunite with our spirits, to a glorious resurrection! As you sing this weekend, open up your mouth and declare that there is no grave that can keep a saint of God captive, because of the victory won by Jesus!
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