When I was a child I was told that I was baptized in the Catholic faith as a baby. As I grew I thought that really all this meant was I got Godparents. There were these two people who would care for me if something happened to my parents. Years later, my family would join a non-denominational church and baptism had a new meaning for me.
Baptism was about my making a choice. While I had known God my entire life I would take the step to outwardly show everyone that I was CHOOSING to live a life in Christ.
In today’s reading I Luke 3:21-22, we learn that Jesus was baptized by John. The imagery is beautiful as the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove. God’s “official stamp of approval”. Verse 22 tells us a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Apparently there has been various discussions about why our perfect Jesus would have been baptized, when this was something being done for sinners. We must not forget that Jesus was not just God but also a human. This explains why he understands how we feel in our moments of joy and despair.
If you are ready to live a life as a follower of Christ, I encourage you to not only repent of your sins but also to understand that with God’s strength you have to stop repeating those sins. I also encourage you to take part in baptism and as you are placed under the water remember the beautiful imagery of the dove descending upon you, just like Jesus experienced so many years ago.