I’m itching to switch the school room around now. I meant to clean it up this weekend, but now I’m ready to move desks and bookcases and rearrange the whole thing. I do that every so often, it feels good to change it up.
Grace and Hannah are working hard to finish up their curriculum so we can get the next grade ordered. Bethany is adding/subtracting, multiplying/dividing polynomials – fun! I got the Anne of Green Gables DVD from the library, as soon as Grace is done reading the book we’ll watch the movie. We finished school and read aloud from When the Game is Over it all Goes Back in the Box, a book about how to play the game of life in a way that pleases God. We went over our dance devotionals and then headed over there.
Today we were talking about baptism. The Greek word for that is ‘Baptizo’ which means to immerse, to dip, to dye. It literally means to take something and immerse it in a substance so that the original item is permanently changed to the very fiber. It can not be changed back to it’s original state, the change is permanent and evident. Take a piece of cloth, if you dip it into dye, the dye is going to stain the cloth, down to the very fibers. Once that cloth is set, you can’t change it back to the original color and you can tell that the cloth was dyed. Another example of the word baptizo was used in making (I’m not kidding) pickles (or pickling vegetables.) You took a vegetable, let’s say a cucumber, and immersed it in vinegar – thus changing the vegetable in a permanent manner into something different. So too when we are baptized it is an outward showing of an inward change. We are immersed in water representing the shed blood of Jesus and this changes us from the inside out. The water is not the change, it is only what is used to signify the old man dying and the new man rising from the grave. We go under the water in death and are resurrected into new life, we are washed clean from sin and are made new, different, permanently changed, from the inside. Jesus only gives us two sacraments that we are to do in His name: communion and baptism.
That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!
3-5 That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
Because of this we have a new life.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!
And that is our whole theme for devotions for this session of dance, beauty from ashes, new life, a fresh start, amazing grace.