Posts Tagged ‘sin’

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

January 3, 2012

 I am the one with just his nose sticking out. The one in the yellow is my brother Jim who lives in Utah.  We are at Snow Basin which is just down the road from where he and Dianne live.  Beautiful country with more post card picture scenes than you can shake a stick at.  The trail we are about to ski is down the hill to the right.

Mark 1:4-11

In reading this scripture from Mark we see Jesus begin His ministry.  We see Him subject Himself to John’s Baptism.  John was offering baptism as a means for the Jewish people to show their repentance and return to righteousness.

Obviously Jesus did not need this baptism for repentance or righteousness but instead subjected Himself to it to show us the right and good way.  He set this example for us as a way to start our lives anew.  His baptism was the start of His ministry and is to be the start of ours also.

Our baptism in Jesus Christ is also a time of revelation to us about our lives.  Just as God revealed to Jesus that He truly is the Son of God He reveals to us that we are His children.  If we are truly repentant and seeking righteousness we will see our lives, the sin in them and work towards righteousness in Jesus Christ.  What Christ came to give us is the realization that His blood has washed us clean and given us the freedom to worship Him even if we are living in sin.  Our baptism is a sign of who we are in this world, a people living with sin in and around us but forgiven by the sacrifice Jesus has made for us.  His baptism gives us the revelation that we are His children, washed clean and living in His righteousness.

How we live our lives in Christ is kind of like learning to snow ski.  You just have to point your ski’s downhill and use the skills you have learned, hope that what you know will get you to the bottom of the slope and know that next time it will be a little easier.  When we fall we get back up and get going again in the direction that leads to the bottom of the hill. Living our lives in Christ is knowing Him as our Savior in a way that we want to carry His message to the world.  We sometimes start out with very few skills but know that our knowledge of and in Him will get us started down the right trail.  We may make mistakes that we can learn from and make our trail easier next time.  The most important point to realize is that Christ gives us the courage to step out in faith that will lead us down the path to guiding others into His saving grace.

In order to begin skiing we must point our ski’s downhill, give a little push, choose our path and know that if we fall we can get back up and try again.  In order to become a child of Christ we must push ourselves to the altar, choose our path and know that if we fall we can get back up and try again.

God’s Peace and Blessing to all,