1 Peter 3:21
Our Bible reading today comes from First Peter chapter 3.
This water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:21)
Imagine a young boy who has very very wealthy parents and he has now chosen to reject his parents and to run away and to disown them. Even to go off and live in poverty. Eat out of dumpsters and things like that. As if he had no family.
And all this time his mom and his dad still love him. They still have a desire to take care of him and give him their gifts and they desire to have him stay as their child. But he has kind of disowned them. His rejection of the status of being their child, his rejection of that, does not change what’s in their heart. They still love him and desire him to be their child.
Sad to say there are many people who were baptized when they were young and through that were given all the blessings of Christ and the promise of heaven. And yet they’ve decided to run away from all of that and throw it away. And to just get rid of it. And to disconnect themselves from God.
But that doesn’t change the heart of God who loves them, and wants them to still be his child, and wants them to come back to Christ and put their faith in him and trust in him so they can come to heaven someday.
May God give all of us hearts of faith to truly appreciate the gifts that he brings us in baptism so that someday we can live in his presence forevermore. Amen.