Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Alive with Christ!

"Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." 
Luke 3:21-22

I love this picture with the verse showing!! Pastor Joe and hubby were joking about just throwing him in the water.

     On Easter Sunday our middle child, Jacob, was baptized at Sand Key Beach. Leading up to Easter our kids were hit hard with the stomach flu. I will spare you the awful details that would make anyone run for the hills, so just take my word for it that it was BAD! My poor daughter had to go to the emergency room twice because of dehydration. Everyone was finally on the mend and then Jacob got it. :( He was so upset. He accepted Jesus in his heart last September and he has been waiting for Easter to get baptized. I am aware that he could have done it at anytime, but he was very adamant about waiting til then and not only that , but he said it had to be at the beach. This is between him and the Lord, who are we to argue?

Do you except Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

He was still to sick to go to church that morning and I told him that the ocean was still freezing. We could plan it another time.... Nope! He said, "It has to be done today."  Got to love his determination!

As the Lord would have it, Jacob stated to feel better and he was baptized. The hubby and I could not be more proud. It is an honor being able to pray as we watch the Lord draw our kids to Him. 

 As I was writing this, I asked Jacob why he was so determined to wait and get baptized in the ocean verses doing it at our church. He said,"Because the world needed to watch.  You never know who would see Jesus." 

And as only God could orchestrate. Almost seven years ago, I was baptized in the exact same spot when Jacob was 9 months in my tummy.  

Yes, Hubby and I were baptized together. When we got married, we both were not living our lives for the Lord.. not even a little bit.. When we both felt called to get baptized, we knew we needed to do it together. It was not only our witness to the world that we were the Lord's, but our marriage would be too. Theologians... no  comments. It was between us and the Lord.  It just so happened that I was 9 months pregnant with our third child, since we only know our "right now" and God knows our tomorrows, read about what happened a couple of days after this picture was taken.

" For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus."
                                                         Romans 6:5-11

Praising the Lord for His Redeeming Love,