Sunday, July 1, 2012

During this last week I was meditating and reflecting on the passage from Mark 8 where two of Jesus' key followers, or disciples, James and John, sons of Zebedee, were asking him, "Jesus, we want you to do for us whatever we want." (Audacious question, no?)

Jesus didn't say, "Wrong question. Wrong approach. I'm dropping you as a follower; turn in your disciple-badge and get away from me!" No. As dramatic a response as that would have been--a needle-mover, as marketing people might say--he didn't say that. Instead, he engaged the two, James and John, in conversation. He asked, "Can you drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"

When Jesus refers to baptism here in Mark's gospel, he's not talking about an event but about a life, his on his way to the cross.

Recently, I've been reflecting on powerful stories about those whose lives have been forever changed after being baptized, some as infants, some as youth or adult believers. What is your baptism story? 

For more on this theme of the power of living out the baptism Jesus has been baptized with, watch this sermon video from this morning called, Baptism: The Power of the Practices.