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Saturday – 19/12/15

(John the Baptist) said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.” (Mark‬ ‭1:7) The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be ‘dipped’ (bapto) into boiling water and then ‘baptised’ (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. The first action is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change. So … as I see it, the average cucumber stays a cucumber (until) it’s baptism is complete! Until it’s very fibre is permeated through and through with the vinegar solution. Only THEN does it get to change from a cucumber to a gherkin! What about us? Are we jumping in and out of the baptism Papà has ordained for us whenever it suits us, or are we content to let Papà’s love infuse and fix us? Mark 16:16. ‘He that believes and is baptised shall be saved’. X

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