Read Mark 1:1-8

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:5-8

Observation
Baptism is a real way of expressing to the whole world that you surrender to God’s great love. It’s about declaring to the whole world that you are willing to lay down your life and serve a God bigger than fear, bigger than depression, bigger than addiction, bigger than hopelessness, and bigger than sin! None of these things can ever separate us from His magnificent love. It is by His stripes that we are healed, it is by His blood that we are redeemed, and it is by His death, that we are raised to life. When we are baptized we tell the whole world that Jesus Christ is our Healer, our Redeemer, and our Savior, and no evil can tell us otherwise!

Application
Taking your next step with Jesus isn’t just following rules or being a good person. Jesus was not whipped, beaten, humiliated, and nailed to a cross, just so we can follow rules, or become better people. He died for us so that we can experience true freedom and life in Him! We no longer have to belong to the world, we’re free! Jesus won the fight against death, and claimed victory for us! He paid it all, so we could call Him our Savior and Friend.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I honor You today and all my days. No matter what I’m going through You are to be glorified and lifted on high! Father You are the Author and Perfecter of my life, You know me, and I want to know You. I surrender my life to Your will and Your plan. Soften my heart, and let Your love be there for me when I need it most.

— Nathan Gavain, Production Team  /  North Braddock Campus

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