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4/16/18

A Glorious Exchange

Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2.38

On Sunday, April 8, we celebrated baptisms in our worship services. (Watch or listen to the sermon from April 8 online.) 

I hope you had the opportunity to be a part of these services. Baptism services are the highlights of my year. I am inspired by the obedience of people publicly confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior. I am encouraged by all of the joy and celebration when we all give standing ovations and cheers of affirmation for God's work. I also love baptism services because of the gospel reminder that they are. Baptism is about turning from our guilt and turning to God's grace.

Baptism reminds us that we go into the water guilty with our sin, and because of Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and ascension to God, our guilt is washed away. We go into the water guilty and we come out of the water innocent. Baptism reminds us of the great exchange.  

Jesus took on what we deserve, so that we could receive what Jesus deserves. Jesus was executed and an innocent man.Though he was innocent, he was crucified as if he was guilty.  He took our place. As we give our lives to Jesus, just as he took our guilt, we get his innocence. Jesus got what we deserve and now we get what Jesus' deserves. We have all the approval of God. God treats us as innocent because we are baptized in Jesus' name. What a glorious exchange!

The next time you participate in a baptism service, preach the gospel to yourself. Remind your heart of the great exchange. Because of God's grace, Jesus got what we deserve, so that we can get what Jesus deserves.

VIDEO: BAPTISM TESTIMONIES FROM SERVICE ON APRIL 8, 2018

 

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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