Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mat 28:18-20)
It is referred to as The Great Commission. Spoken by Jesus prior to His ascension into Heaven, these words penned by Matthew have constituted our standing orders for these past 2000 years. Followers of Christ throughout the ages have each taken this charge personally and given their utmost for His highest.
Our orders are clear and our mission is both sacred and joyful; we carry life to those who are dying, and light to those who are in darkness. We bringing healing to the broken, aid to the needy, help to the helpless, and strength to the weak.
We speak truth to those in power, even at the risk of our lives. We expose the works of darkness and openly defy the powers of hell. We set captives free, and loose those who have been in bondage.
We share our faith openely and watch with delight and wonder when another soul is saved by the grace and truth that are found in Jesus Christ. And, as instructed, we baptize them “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
What a life!
Recently I was ministering at a church in Symrna TN and was backstage, about to be introduced to the congregation. That’s when I saw this sign posted by the steps that led up to the Baptismal.
I couldn’t help but laugh – for it was obvious to me, by the big read letters used to draw specific attention to this sign, that there must’ve been a “mishap” in the past. I can only imagine what that Sunday morning must’ve been like, when the excited church used the new baptismal robes for the first time!
And I can just imagine the Deacon meeting the following Monday morning when great minds came together to figure out a way to resolve the situation.
“Scrubs!” one fellows says, “We will insure that each candidate for baptism wear scrubs under the robes!”
“I know somebody who can get us a discount on scrubs,” says another.
“And we will need a sign posted so nobody will ever again go into the waters of baptism without wearing the scrubs under the robes!” says yet another, and is met with a hearty “Amen!” by the whole deacon board.
And thus it was done.
Church. You gotta love it!