Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Being Baptized is a Form of Time Travel
I’ve always been fascinated by time travel. But I only have just recently discovered that time travel is possible! When I was baptized I traveled back in time!
Time travel has been explored by many authors, TV show creators, and movie makers.
H.G. Wells The Time Machine is one of the most popular of the early time travel stories. In this story the time traveler uses his time machine to travel to the year AD 802,701!
TV shows like Quantum Leap where Sam Beckett travels to periods of the past during his own lifetime.
Movies like the Back to the Future trilogy where Marty McFly travels to the past as well as the future in a time machine made out of a DeLorean car!
But these are all fantasy stories. No one really believes time travel exists today.
But that is where they would be wrong!
Being Baptized Takes You Back in Time
When a person is baptized – that is, when water is applied to the person and the Word of God, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” is spoken – that person travels back in time.
St. Paul tells us in Romans 6 that we who are baptized travel back in time to the death of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was crucified on a Roman cross sometime in the first half the First Century AD.
When we are baptized, we don’t literally go back in time, but spiritually and sacramentally we take part in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The Benefits of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are Ours
Jesus died to pay the penalty for all our sin. His sacrificial death was for the forgiveness of our sins.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead three days after his death was, according to St. Paul, “for our justification” (see Romans 4:25). That means that we are “made right” in the eyes of God. We are no longer considered condemned sinners.
Jesus did all this nearly 2000 years ago. It is through Baptism that we receive today the benefits of what Jesus did.
Daily Time Travel Because We Are Baptized
Being baptized is a life-long deal. It is something we will always have. Not everyone makes use of being baptized, to their great tragedy.
However, the Christian who would truly live lives in their baptismal grace every day.
Martin Luther – the 16th Century reformer – said it this way, “Baptizing with water indicates that the old Adam [sinful human nature] in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts. And also it shows that a new man should daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever” (Small Catechism Part IV. Baptism, Concordia The Lutheran Confessions © 2005, 2006 Concordia Publishing House, p 340).
Remembering our baptism and praying to God every morning is taking a trip back in time to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ where we received our new, true life.
It is an excellent way to start the day!
Heavenly Father, I pray that I will be able to live in my baptismal grace every day. Help me, by the power of the Holy Spirit working through your Word, to begin each day in prayer and devotion and remembering my baptism. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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