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Where There Is Water 061312
In the verse selection from John 3 (below) says John (the baptizer) was baptizing where he was because of the availability of water. If any slang word or nickname should be given to Christians, maybe it should be ‘the baptizers’, because of all the stories in the Bible that revolve around water, whether in wells, rivers, streams, springs or in water jugs, sometimes turned to wine, the most unique, wonderful and amazing fact about Christianity is that we are baptize and we baptize others. People come up out of the water (whether a bathtub full, a horse tank full, or a handful as a new person, now reconciled to God.
I often try to find parallels between Christianity and other spiritual traditions, but I don’t know of a similar belief or awareness in other traditions: where an individual person (you or me) becomes reconciled to the individual person of God.
As the ‘baptizers’ perhaps Christians should always make a point to dig a well or a local water system wherever they baptizers, so that we become the ‘people who baptized us in our own clean water from our well’. Since the majority of human disease is caused by unclean water, imagine what it means to not lose babies to diarrhea, and not loose relatives and friends from cholera and dysentery.
My only point here is that Christians are not people only of ‘being’, we are people of doing.
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6Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
7you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house,
11and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
12the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people
13with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
14in many-colored robes she is led to the king; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.
15With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
16In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
17I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.
62For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. 2The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. 3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
22After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized 24—John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison. 25Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. 26They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. 28You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.” 31The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. 33Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. 34He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.
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