WATER BAPTISM

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen” (Mt 28:18-20)

In the Bible, crossing a body of water is a symbol of death and resurrection. This is what we do as believers in Christ when we baptize in water. By faith, we die to the past of sin and we declare to be alive in the newness of life. The people of God crossed two waters: The Red Sea and the River Jordan. These crossings were both miraculous. They both signify the same thin, death and the power of resurrection. But there is a difference. When they crossed the Red Sea, it signified separation from the world. Egypt is a symbol of the world. After 40 years in the wilderness, because of rebellion, that generation died. Their children were now ready to enter the Promised Land. They are now on the east bank of Jordan. This was the same place where Lot separated from his uncle, Abraham, because he saw the fertile valley of Jordan. That is how he settled in that rich but sinful city, Sodom. Spiritually speaking, crossing the River Jordan means to separate from worldly family members and religious friends. This is a very difficult thing for many believers to do.

Therefore, the Cross must separate you, first from the world at large, with its thieves and its fornicators. Then the same Cross must cut between you and your family members and close friends who have been following you all these years but they are not born again. This is the truth: It is easier to separate from your ‘Egyptian’ boss in the office than from that ‘Jewish’ cousin of yours. You cannot do it without the Cross of Christ killing all flesh, good or bad. Once the Cross has spoken in your life, you are ready to enter your Promise Land, where you can freely worship God and all your dreams come true.

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