In a few weeks, we will have Baptism Sunday at our church. After service, we are celebrating with a big church summer party! Food, slip and slide, bubble soccer, side walk chalk, bubbles, etc.! It is going to be a blast and it is an occasion to celebrate!
I was joking around saying it would be fun to baptize on the slip and slide! :) And right before you push them down the hill say, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." The kids would remember it for sure! Hehehe (It's a joke lighten up a little, I know a few people who wouldn't find that funny at all.)
But I started to think about that phrase, "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit"...
Reflecting on my own baptism, I went under the baptismal waters to represent dying to self, dying to my old ways, dying to sin. But came out of those baptismal waters a risen and new creation... in the "name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." No longer "Bobbi, the sinner" but a now a new found in His Name. It still gives me chills.
Baptized in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, in the name of the Holy Spirit. By that name, we are named Saints. Paul calls those who are saved by faith "saints" in his letter to the Ephesians. Not a saint because of anything we have done, will do, or who we are but who's name we are found in. We are found saints not because of our worthiness but because of Christ's desire for us. At our baptism, we are immersed in all the operations of the Trinity.
The phrase isn't just a phrase that is said at baptism. But it is essentially the very work of salvation, our old name is gone, and now we are found In His Name. Resurrection defines Jesus' life; resurrection defines our lives. The birthing sac burst opens and out comes a new family member!
Looking forward to baptisms at Brem Naz on August 13th when we welcome new souls as brothers and sisters in Christ! :) Thanks be to God.