OLIVE BRANCH BAPTISM CELEBRATION
There’s a big piece of glass in front of you when you drive a car. It’s called a…windshield. It’s reality. It shows you where you need to go, stop, or turn. Our sin has a way of staying on the windshield of life. David, the Psalmist, after he’d really screwed up and hurt a lot of people said: Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:2-3 NLT)
In this imagery – it’s splattered all over the windshield! Even when I try to scrape it off, it’s there! Baptism washes it off the windshield – and moves sin to the rear view mirror. What do you see in the rear view mirror? It’s the present becoming the past. At first – it’s very visible. Over time – it gets smaller and smaller – then blips off the screen!
Baptism has nothing to do with how far you’ve come, how well you’ll do in 2020, or how many bad habits you can get rid of. It’s a statement about endings – closing of an old painful, chapter of life – and a brand new beginning!
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