Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More on Jesus' Baptism

I've written before about Jesus' death being foreshadowed in His baptism, but it wasn't until praying the Rosary a few nights ago that I also saw His resurrection there. The death is in the going down into the water, but the resurrection in the coming up into the presence of the Spirit and the voice of the Father. St. Paul even did the leg work for us, linking the resurrection to the Spirit and God [the Father's] declaration. Paul wrote that Jesus was "designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:4). I can't believe how dense I am not to have recognized this before, especially when I've taught on the symbolism of death and resurrection in regards to our baptisms!

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I came across your blog by a search for artwork. I love the picture you have featured here! Did you make it?

    I am also humbled that Jesus set the example for us in baptism. The sinless Son of the Most High humbled Himself (again!) by being baptized in the embrace of a forgiven man. There are so many lessons God can teach us just by studying baptism! It's also such a beautiful picture of Him washing us of our sins (Hebrews 10:22) and raising us as His new creations (II Corinthians 5:17). Praise the Lord for His unsurpassing love for us and His continual teaching through His Word!

    (also 30 something =)